On Eid, fear grips Junaid village: Kuch mat bolo, chup chaap sab sun lo

Once the village found out about the brutality that Junaid and his two brothers faced on Thursday night, frantic calls went out to children from Khandawli working or living outside the village. Some parents advised their children to avoid the local train and opt for the Metro.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Khandawli | Updated: June 27, 2017 5:50 am
Khandawli, Junaid Khan, Eid, Black bands Muslims, wearing black bands on their arms in protest against the recent lynching incident on board a train, offer Eid prayers at village Khandawli in Faridabad on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Eidi in their pockets, little ones dressed in bright salwar-kameez and sherwanis went around the village feasting on ice cream and golgappas, oblivious to the fear in their village. But the older children understood the tension that had gripped Khandawli on a solemn Eid, days after 15-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train by a mob that mocked his skull cap and called him a “beef eater”.

“The children are scared; they know what has happened — that our poshaak (attire) attracted this tragedy. They want to know, can something like this happen to them. How do I answer that question?” says 39-year-old Mubarik Hussain, a driver who lives near Junaid’s home. “Since news of Junaid’s death broke, I have asked my children not to go anywhere after sunset, and to step out of the village only for important work.”

The fear has prompted other parents to issue similar ‘advisories’. Even Junaid’s father has cancelled the train tickets of three of his sons, who were supposed to travel to Surat for studies.

Rafeeq Ahmed, an employee at a private firm, says he has told his children “not to get into an argument, even if the other person is in the wrong”. “When they go to the market or college, I fear if they will return. What if someone asks them their name and kills them because it’s Ahmed? Muslims are stereotyped as terrorists, beef eaters and thieves, and killed because of it,” says the 48-year-old.

Mohd Azharuddin, 27, who works in Delhi, says he has often been ‘profiled’ for keeping a beard and wearing a skull cap, but Junaid’s murder has escalated the fear in his mind. Sharing what he teaches his children and younger siblings, he says, “Kuchh mat bolo, chup chaap sab sun lo. When I leave home, I wear shirt-pant, not kurta-pyjama, because that way no one can tell I am Muslim, and I can avoid being called a Pakistani.”

Once the village found out about the brutality that Junaid and his two brothers faced on Thursday night, frantic calls went out to children from Khandawli working or living outside the village. “This incident hit too close to home. I was in Aligarh when I received calls from home asking me to be safe while travelling to Khandawli. We were told to avoid certain areas,” says 28-year-old Mohd Jamshed, a student at Aligarh Muslim University who has come home for Eid.

Some parents advised their children to avoid the local train and opt for the Metro. “It’s more expensive but at least it’s safer because there are CCTVs. These trains are not secure at all,” says 26-year-old telecom engineer Shakeel.

For the young ones, too, celebrations were far more muted. “We wanted to watch a movie but mummy-papa told us not to go anywhere. They seem scared,” says 12-year-old Yasin. Kamil Khan, 15, chimes in, “They called Junaid a mulla and killed him. Our parents have told us not to talk to anyone we don’t know and not to leave the village.”

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    papa imran
    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:38 am
    I am a Muslim living in Gurgaon and trust me all the muslims in my family I know hate India like anything because of the sheer oppressive nature of the state.If Muslims are citizens of this oppressive country called India then why there was no Indian Muslim candidate by BJP in UP elections? Why is beef banned on which the livelihood of so many IndianMuslims of India depends? Why are Indian Muslims arrested when Pakistan wins a match no matter they raise slogan or not? Why are Indian Muslims make to wear nationalism on their sleeve in order to prove their patriotism? Why there are no quotas for Indian Muslims despite the fact that they are the bottom most in economic indicators. Even Mazhabi Sikhs have quota. Why are the mosques of Indian Muslims attacked and pigs thrown in the mosques. What about the pogroms and genocide of Muslims in 1992 and 2002 and 2014 So many reasons for not only Muslims but also Sikhs, Dalits, Naxalites, Maoists, Dravidians, Gorkhas and Kashmiris to rebel
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      siddu
      Jun 28, 2017 at 4:54 am
      Madrasas or tableeghi jamaat should be banned in india until they add self defence courses or karate classes in their curriculam, becaue these mullah force the children to wear skull caps and sport beard but they will not teach them self defence in case of an emergency like lynching. And these mullahs feed the goons to target simple children sporting beards and caps. in the name of religion. IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DEFENDING/GUARDING YOUR SKULL CAPS AND BEARD THEN SPORT IT IF NOT SHUN UNTILL YOU ARE CAPABLE teach your children self defence not to attack but sa uard themselves. Because any corner you might find a dogs (sanghis) let loose
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        siddu
        Jun 28, 2017 at 4:54 am
        Madrasas or tableeghi jamaat should be banned in india until they add self defence courses or karate classes in their curriculam, becaue these mullah force the children to wear skull caps and sport beard but they will not teach them self defence in case of an emergency like lynching. And these mullahs feed the goons to target simple children sporting beards and caps. in the name of religion. IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DEFENDING/GUARDING YOUR SKULL CAPS AND BEARD THEN SPORT IT IF NOT SHUN UNTILL YOU ARE CAPABLE teach your children self defence not to attack but sa uard themselves. Because any corner you might find a dogs (sanghis) let loose
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          jhon
          Jun 28, 2017 at 2:08 am
          your are wrong only 0000.6 are made Muslim rest made by other religion's don't watch news they only make us fight and die look at the history muslim are not real target for terror 1) World War 1 - 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed 2) world war 2 -60 million people were killed, which was about 3 of the 1940 world population ------------------------------------------------------------- 3) who started World War 1 (Archduke Franz Ferdinand) None Muslim 4) who started world war 2 (Soviet Union Joseph Stalin United States Franklin D. Roosevelt United Kingdom Winston Churchill Republic of China (1912–49) Chiang Kai-shk ) all none muslim
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            IslamForFooools
            Jun 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm
            Indian express is creating wave of ISIS terrorist in India. Editors must be tried for terrorism
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              Aadis
              Jun 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm
              foools, Monkeys like you will argue as you don't have moral which has to come only through religion. Nice that we can read the quality of your religion.
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                zakir shaikh
                Jun 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm
                People like you even don't realise that a mother lost her son because her son subjected to Hate Crime by Racist people traveling in train. People like you don't even have Morales to atleast condemn such hate crime incedence. Shame on such kind of people
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                papa imran
                Jun 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                Muslims of India unite and rebel against this oppressive exploitative state of India. Let's take up arms and declare independence from India and break India into many pieces. Let's poison the wells from where Hindu Brahmins drink, let's pass on military and state secrets to foreign powers, let's become a fifth column and show these bloody Hindus our power. Let's demolish Somnath, Kedaranath and Kashi to take revenge for 1993 2002 and 2014 genocide of muslims. CRUSH INDIA HATE Hindustan rebel against India . Imam of Delhi Jamia Mosque, Deoband Mosque, Muslim Personal Board members,Awaisuddin Owaisi and Prin ls of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia university should declare their open defiance of India and rebel against the Indian state. Shah Faisal of Indian Administrative Service in Kashmir and other Muslim officials of India must also help India break up. Rebel against India.
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                  Tushar
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm
                  Wak up from ur sleep beta ...go susu karke phir SE sojao .. Bade aaya rebel ...
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                    papa imran
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                    Tushar lets sort you out once you get out from your home. Let's find your daughter and rape her in front of you. Let's cut the breast of your wife and make qeema of them and feed it to your holy cow. Let's sell your daughter to a Muslim rickshaw driver and make your daughter a pros ute. Let's sodomise Tushar you in front of your daddy. Muslims of India unite and sort Tushar out and all sissy Hindus like him one and for all.
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                      Tushar
                      Jun 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm
                      Saaaale ...bend down n check u wont see ur dik there ..y kabutar did pluck it n threw it for a dog ... Baithke ro
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                      Amber Tyagi
                      Jun 27, 2017 at 6:58 pm
                      fake muslim spotted
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                        zakir shaikh
                        Jun 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm
                        Imran Shut your mouth if you can only talk nonsense about India.. You are another side of the coin... Help to create society where there is no incedence of hate crime occurs instead dividing this great nation
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                          papa imran
                          Jun 27, 2017 at 9:41 pm
                          Zakir Sheikh brother, We must unite and fight back otherwise these kafir Hindus will do the same to us which they did with us in Gujrat in 2002, Mumbai in 1992 and all over India post 2014. We must strike back and rebel against the Indian state which is sponsoring this terror against Muslims through RSS. India should be declared a terrorist state by all Muslim countries and Muslims of India should start jihad against India led by Imam of Jamia Mosque Delhi, Deoband Mosque, Owaissudin Awaisi, Aligarh Muslim University, Osmania University and Jamia Millie University Prin ls. We must demolish Somnath and Kedaranath to show kuffars that Muslims have muscle and power to fight back Hindus. Muslims of India unite and rebel against Indian.
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                        Ahmed
                        Jun 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                        Few hate mongers of RSS ideologist are making hate comments by Hindu and Mulsim ids. We Indians shld be careful from these hate monger. Our strength is our unity. Those who want to destabilize our unity will be not success in their dreams.
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                          papa imran
                          Jun 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                          Ahmed, i am a Muslim living in Gurgaon and trust me all the muslims in my family I know hate India like anything because of the sheer oppressive nature of the state.If Muslims are citizens of this oppressive country called India then why there was no Indian Muslim candidate by BJP in UP elections? Why is beef banned on which the livelihood of so many IndianMuslims of India depends? Why are Indian Muslims arrested when Pakistan wins a match no matter they raise slogan or not? Why are Indian Muslims make to wear nationalism on their sleeve in order to prove their patriotism? Why there are no quotas for Indian Muslims despite the fact that they are the bottom most in economic indicators. Even Mazhabi Sikhs have quota. Why are the mosques of Indian Muslims attacked and pigs thrown in the mosques. What about the pogroms and genocide of Muslims in 1992 and 2002 and 2014 So many reasons for not only Muslims but also Sikhs, Dalits, Naxalites, Maoists, Dravidians, Gorkhas and Kashmiris to rebel
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                            Tushar
                            Jun 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                            U are from BJP it cell Mr .monger ..jake tere bacho SE bol u are a Muslim ... Wo shayad tujhe Jan SE marega ye bat chupane kliye .. No Muslim could speak like u did ... They wudnt coz they AR Indian and they love India more than any one . kaha SE ate ho outdated nautanki baz leke
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                              Amber Tyagi
                              Jun 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm
                              you are either working for ISI or BJP IT cell.
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                                Deb
                                Jun 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                                PapA Imran.,.. ... Pki
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                                Abdul
                                Jun 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm
                                Very true and I think it's high time for everyone to start using their own minds instead of just hearing something from someone and acting
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                                NKSA
                                Jun 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm
                                This is shameful of the author to spread rumors and fear mongering. The real reason as revealed by other and the father of junaid was about train seating. these journos are correctly called press utes.
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