It was from Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned cow vigilantes not to indulge in violence in the name of cow protection, and stressed that no one in the country has the right to take the law into his or her own hands.
“Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ cannot be accepted. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of” Mr. Modi said, breaking his silence over killings, allegedly by cow vigilantes.
It all started with the Ballbgarh lynching case in which 16-year-old Hafiz Junaid was stabbed to death on 23rd June and his brothers were injured inside the Delhi-Mathura passenger train by four belonging to a village near Hodal.
16-year-old Junaid is the latest victim of the lynching over allegations of beef eating and cattle trading. This case also has allegations over the accused that they (the accused) hurled anti-Muslim slurs at the victims. The four victims had been thrashed throughout the way from Tughlakabad to the Ballabgarh railway station and were attacked with sharp-edged weapons and later thrown out of the train at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district. In the FIR registered by the police, based on Hashib’s (Junaid’s brother and a victim) account, the word “beef” was conspicuously absent. A more politically correct phrase, “racial slurs”, was used instead.
Over time as the laws against cattle slaughtering and killing have tightened, people have taken these laws very strictly and as a result, they have themselves reformed into propagators of laws. Their seriousness and the communalism in the country has eventually led to aggression between communities, sometimes in forms of lynching and mob rage over the killing of cows.
#Notinmyname is a protest against attacks on the minorities in the country(especially Muslims and Dalits). Muslims have been ruthlessly linked to beef eaters and they are humiliated and injured. Beef eating is something prevalent in the society since long, cattle slaughtering laws have tightened lately and in places like Bihar after the arrival of the new promising chief minister, laws have turned darker for certain communities. People filled with the fragrance of newer laws have themselves held laws into their hands and have started humiliating and torturing these minorities.
Over cases of lynching and killing of people across the country, almost all have been found hitting against this #not in my name cause. People have waited for justice and so Prime Minister has broken his silence over such merciless cases and said that anyone who tries to take the law into his /her hand is going to be penalized. We are here to create an India what Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of and definitely he would not approve a country in which people are being killed over cow worship, he added.
Thus with this, he made very clear that these acts and no way approved and people indulging in such practices should stop it as soon as possible. The cow is worshipped by our society also it’s a source of income for many people thus its slaughtering is definitely objectionable and so laws have been formed for protecting mother cow but people, on the other hand, have no right to take laws into their own hands. Killing so many men in order to protect cattle is really a bad deal. Such cases of mob violence are only creating bigger differences among the people of the country and a sense of terror and alienness for those strata of the society who are victimized by such practices.
So we as dutiful citizens should not be the architect to such greater differences in our society and should try to make everyone in the society fell at home rather terrorizing them.