Crime to wear skull cap, where are we headed, asks Mohammad Akhlaq’s brother

“The case is still being heard in the local court. They keep giving one date after another. We have faith in the justice system,” Mohammad Akhlaq's brother Jaan Mohammad said.

By: Express News Service | Dadri | Published:June 27, 2017 4:27 am
jaan mohammad news, india news, indian express news Mohd Akhlaq. (File/Photo)

Where is the country headed “if it is a crime to wear a skull cap or believe in a religion,” asked Jaan Mohammad, the brother of Mohammad Akhlaq who was lynched nearly three years ago by a mob on the suspicion that he had he had stored beef in his home. On the occasion of Eid Ul Fitr, as several wore black arm bands in a silent protest against the lynching of 17-year-old Junaid Khan last week, fear among residents of Dadri refuses to die.

Six of the nineteen accused in the Akhlaq case are back in the village after they were granted bail. “The case is still being heard in the local court. They keep giving one date after another. We have faith in the justice system,” Jaan Mohammad said. But he was concerned about the spate of lynchings. “If it is a crime to wear a skull cap or believe in a religion, where is the country headed?” he asked.

A resident of Bisara village spoke of unconfirmed reports of communal tension in the area. “Just yesterday, someone was telling us that a 15-year-old boy had taken his goat to a plot owned by his family. The goat was eating plants when three boys started asking questions. Before things could turn ugly, the matter reached village elders and they tried to settle it,” he said, adding, “on baseless allegations of beef consumption, people are being killed. This has become an excuse for violence.”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. S
    Santosh Mishra
    Jun 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    Good is the asking in opening ... Where is the country headed “if it is a crime to wear a skull cap or believe in a religion” For a change, it is seeking...go to null hypothesis. The millennia of "Snatan" makes us seekers, not plain believers. Whoever b s himself as a religion (even if it's called Hindu) and differentiates things by beliefs, prophesies, blind rules is astray. He has to realise to become one with the world. The first step would be for all to question and reject religious dressing.
    Reply
  2. B
    Binny
    Jun 27, 2017 at 4:48 am
    Communal Forces using Mob Lynching as their main weapon to divide and par ion the country. For them power is ahead of country. Hindu Muslim should stay united. Advise your youths and children to stay away from mobs who Lynch to promote a political party banking on votes though religious and caste divide. We are educated civilized society who can co exist together in peace but these power hungry politicians want bloodbath all over the country.
    Reply