One month ago, Dadri lynching incident grabbed headlines and the topic was debated on every news channels. Suddenly, the issue is dying as Bihar elections are coming to an end. Such types of brutal incidents happen continuously, take news space, inquiry is set up but never reaches to conclusion or you can say to justice. I wonder why all of a sudden everyone zips their lips.
On September 28, Mohammad Akhlaq, 52, was dragged out of his home and beaten to death by a mob after announcements were made at a local temple that a calf had been killed. Akhlaq’s son Danish was also beaten and has undergone multiple surgeries, and is still recuperating in Hospital. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described the incidence as “serious” violation of human rights but expressed its inability to take any action, saying the matter was already with the Minority Commission. However, under the statute, they have no jurisdiction to take cognisance of violation of human rights if already another Commission has taken note of it. Section 36 (1) of the Act states that the Commission shall not enquire into any matter which is pending before a National Commission, State commission or any other Commission duly constituted under any law. Commission also reacted to the cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concerts in Mumbai and Pune and the ink attack on ORF chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni. They think minority is at risk in this country under present government.
The Commission has taken cognizance in the case of the Indian domestic worker, whose hand was allegedly chopped off by Saudi employer and has issued notices to External Affairs Ministry to take action in the matter. In the period between October 01, 2014 and October 08 this year a total 1,17,888 cases were registered in the Commission, out of which 98,460 cases were disposed of and in 19,428 cases, the final decisions are yet to be taken. Monetary relief was granted in 328 cases and a total Rs. 695,10,000 were recommended for payment of compensation. The Commission has majority of the complaints from Uttar Pradesh (53,333) followed by Odisha (12,457), Haryana (10,920), Delhi (7,648) and Bihar (3,163). The Commission has also received 351 cases from abroad regarding alleged violation of human rights in the last one year.
On the other hand, BJP lawmaker and former Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Dr. Satyapal Singh has described the Dadri lynching as a “small incident”. Whereas forensic reports already revealed that it was goat meat and not a calf beef. Singh resigned from the Indian Police Service on 31 January 2014 to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Baghpat constituency and won. Singh is the first serving Mumbai Police Commissioner to resign. On 11th December, 2014, he was appointed as the Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) Working Committee. This is not the first time he has invited the controversy in his life; he is been famous for making divisive statements time and again.
On 2 June 2014, a prostitution racket was busted by Mumbai police being run from a flat owned by Satyapal Singh but leased out to a well-known business house. He said, it was leased out to a real estate firm Indiabulls for last 33 months and stated his plans to sue them for maligning his image. On 2 August 2014, Mumbai Police issued a notice asking him to vacate his official Bandra bungalow within one week and pay a fine of Rs. 8.72 lakh for overstaying the government residence, which is in his occupation for last 22 years. Satyapal Singh was not only an inefficient police officer but also below grade communal politician. Such people in department and politics is not only curse to the nation but also a blot on humanity. Anyway, looking at such loose talk leaders in the party, BJP had recently warned its leaders against making intemperate comments on the mob killing that has caused outrage across the nation. Narendra Modi, who has been criticized by his opponents for not speaking out against the Dadri incident and attacks on rationalists, sent out a strong message last week at a rally in Bihar.
In the meantime to extend his own political interest, Akhilesh Yadav has alleged that Dadri incidence is a “part of a pre-meditated strategy of the BJP”. He cited a preliminary investigation by his government to say, “Facts indicate that Dadri was part of a pre-meditated strategy of the BJP and those affiliated to the party”. He also said that the BJP has been changing issues in UP very fast to divide communities and divert the political debate. First it was love jihad, then ‘Ghar Wapsi’ or conversions. It even created trouble in Moradabad over the use of loud speakers. On September 28, a 100-strong mob attacked and killed Akhlaq over rumours that he had slaughtered a calf and stored and eaten beef. Amid outrage and an intense political debate on cow slaughter, several BJP leaders visited the tense Dadri region and made controversial speeches.
This incidence has created anger in helpless people but unless government’s own motive won’t change such incidences will never come in control.
Whatever might be the election results, how long, these selective killing will happen, in the name of elections, and how long people are going to tolerate such incidences, just by doing debates and discussions.