The #NotInMyName protest is a demonstration scheduled in Delhi and several other cities across the country on June 28 (Wednesday) by citizens against incidents of the lynching of Muslims and Dalits. With the politics of mob-lynching claiming lives one after the other across our country, it is about time we address the problem. In an attempt of awareness, the common people across India and even in other parts of the world have come together to transcend through the rigid walls of religion.
The recent incident of mob lynching was the killing of 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death in Ballabhgarh, Haryana by a mob that mocked his skull cap and called him a beef eater after an argument over train seats escalated. Two of his brothers were injured in the incident. Mob-lynching which has become a reality of India in the recent times have surfaced as a problem over two decades. From Kherlanji Massacre in 2006, Dimapur lynching in 2015, Dadri lynching 2015 to the death of Pehlu Khan by ‘gau-rakshaks’, the society is shaping into a nightmare for the minority, where they are losing the basic of rights, for example, travelling in public transport.
The protest is being wheeled by Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan who gave out the rallying cry. Although it was originally planned to be held just at Jantar Mantar in the heart of New Delhi, the idea has swept up a great deal of response online enough to be replicated across several cities.
Some of these protest points are Dakhinapan premises in Kolkata, Civil Lines in Allahabad, Sector 17 in Chandigarh, Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur, Kargil Chowk in Patna, Tank Bund in Hyderabad, Bangalore Town Hall in Bengaluru, Promenade on the Carter Road in Mumbai, Gandhi Park in GPO in Lucknow, High Court Junction in Kochi and near the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
And while the government remains silent towards this recurring crime of mob-lynching, commoners come together to break the culture of silence. Here are some live updates flooding the social media feeds:
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) June 28, 2017
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 28, 2017
— NoToSilence (@akdwaaz) June 28, 2017
— Kunal Purohit (@kunalpurohit) June 28, 2017
— Asif Kalam (@asifskalam) June 28, 2017
— News18 (@CNNnews18) June 28, 2017
— Being Baniya (@BaniyaTweets) June 28, 2017
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) June 28, 2017
— SAKSHI KHANNA (@tweetsakshi) June 28, 2017