‘Not in my name’ protest: Far from capital crowd, Junaid’s family spends day checking on their injured son

“We don’t have a TV at home, so we haven’t watched anything,” said Hashim, 19, who couldn’t go to the march due to recurring pain caused by the stab wounds.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Khandawli | Updated: June 29, 2017 1:52 pm
Junaid’s mother (center) along with her family members. Junaid was killed aboard a train over a fight that ensued where he and his brothers were abused for being Muslims, as they returned from Eid shopping in Delhi to their village Khandawli in Ballabgarh, Haryana. Express Photo by Abhinav Saha

Six days after Junaid Khan lost his life, his mother Saira finally took a trip to Delhi on Wednesday — but it wasn’t to Jantar Mantar, where hundreds of people gathered to demand justice for her 15-year-old son who was stabbed to death on board a Mathura-bound train. Along with three of her sons, Saira visited Shaqir, her 23-year-old son, who is currently recuperating at Apollo Hospital.

Even as social media went into a tizzy over the #NotInMyName march at Jantar Mantar, the Khan family stayed at home in Khandawli. “How can we go? There are so many people visiting us every day, we have to attend to them,” said Junaid’s father Jalaluddin. Saira, he said, was too unwell to undertake such a long journey again on the same day.

According to a neighbour, Aslam, “the village is planning to hold a dharna at Jantar Mantar on July 2 to demand justice for Junaid”. As TV channels broadcast the march, the Khan family remained oblivious to the slogans raised and to the discussions that were undertaken at similar protests across cities in India.

“We don’t have a TV at home, so we haven’t watched anything,” said Hashim, 19, who couldn’t go to the march due to recurring pain caused by the stab wounds. “Yeh hafiz log hain, yeh TV nahi dekhte hain,” said a neighbour.
It was two days ago that the family, and the village, first found out about the protest in Delhi. “Three-four madams visited us, told us about it and asked us to come for it,” said Hashim. While the Khan family skipped it, a few of Junaid’s friends and cousins seemed eager to join. “We will go, but not in the train… It’s important, it’s for Junaid,” said 15-year-old Yasin.

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    S.P.Chakravarty
    Jun 30, 2017 at 2:36 am
    Is India under Modi descending into chaos emulating Pakistan in becoming a country where vigilantes rule?
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        MK GANDHI
        Jun 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm
        We Indians are proud on ourselves because we are termed as INDIANS. But instances like this and many more like attacks on Dalits and Minorities are simply hard to digest. We should stand against this moody nature of some morons who take help of MOB to show their feelings. NOW CAN WE COMPARE OURSELVES WITH COUNTRIES LIKE PAKISTAN WHO ARE NOTORIOUS WITH THEIR HATRED CRIMES AGAINST THEIR MINORITY ?
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          Rss for Muslims
          Jun 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm
          Why Muslims are involved in illegal activities and terrorist activities always, ? Your minority is terrorist minority, no one should have sympathy for Isis creators ideology. That makes you Isis and terrorist. Islamic minority holds hostage to majority when they are in minority but when Islamists are in majority other minorities are genocided. People like you shud be punished before we punish Isis kuranic terrorists
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          Bhakti
          Jun 29, 2017 at 11:30 am
          India's fair name and image are being destroyed by BJP and RSS supported bigots. India is cutting a sorry figure on the international stage. Now comparisons are being made with Pakistan!!
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            Maader
            Jun 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm
            You did not compare with Pakistan when Nehru lost Gilgit Baltistan to Pakistan. And the country's image was sky high when Sanjay Gandhi forcefully conducted nasbandi on poor innocent civilians.
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              Hosanna Films
              Jun 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm
              Toh bhai, ek galti karega toh tu doosri galti karke baraabri karoge?
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              Rss for Muslims
              Jun 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm
              Isis terrorist minority spotted here
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              Aniyan
              Jun 29, 2017 at 11:23 am
              She is going to Delhi along with her 3 sons to see the 4th son injured and hospitalized and in distress about her 5th son lynched. Now the poor family who contributes for the nation by giving birth to 5 nationalists will soon be rewarded by an opposition party for their contribution towards a debate.
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                Diplomat
                Jun 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                Don't you feel bad about the death? Or are you more worried about some opposition party playing politics. If killing does not happen, you would not worry about the opposition parties. Nip the "opportunistic" opposition in the bud, stop killing innocents. And.... ensure that you protest when you hear the words "demographic dividend" from anyone !!!
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                  MK GANDHI
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm
                  And ruling party will parti te further in diminishing her family members. #NOT IN MY NAME.nl
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                  sadibur
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 10:28 am
                  Not in my name
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                    Rahul
                    Jun 29, 2017 at 9:55 am
                    Social media has 2 minutes attention span, and all these 5 star campaigners who are 'spearheading' this is just doing it to make a living out of blowing up and issue, feeding on someone else's misery...that will go into their CV and get them funding for their next 'human right's' congerece in US, switzerland or somewhere similar...
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                      Diplomat
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                      Irrespective of star status of the campaigners or their "opportunistic" behavior, clarify if such killing is acceptable to you. I think that should be the starting point of any argument.
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                      chitta
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 9:41 am
                      India is not Hindu property. So don't divide India in the name of cow.
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                        Maader
                        Jun 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                        But India is a Hindu origin Hindus dominated nation where Congress used secularism as a marketing strategy
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