The gruesome murder of Mohammed Afrazul in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan has raised questions about the security of Muslims in the country. Ever since the BJP has come to power there has been a rise in attacks over people belonging to minority community. Who has the audacity to kill a person, record a video and make it viral online? This incident might disrupt law and order in West Bengal a communally sensitive state. Several debates have taken place over rising intolerance in the BJP reign.
The nation has witnessed more than 700 outbreaks of communal violence in last year that killed 86 and injured 2,321 people. Muslims who form about 15 per cent of India’s people have to bear the brunt of communal attacks as they are feeling insecure under BJP’s rule. Hindu extremist groups have strengthened during Modi government regime. Incidents like lynching, forced conversion, threats and attacks on religious places have increased but the government is turning a blind eye towards it. Why is the government failing to take stringent action against accused?
Abdul Sattar Congress MLA said, “BJP is indulging in communal politics. The killing of Afrazul can be termed as the murder of democracy and BJP will have to pay heavy price for it in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Nobody can commit such heinous crime without political support. The Modi government always remembers BR Ambedkar on his birth and death anniversary but fails to follow his principles. Strict law must be framed to prevent recurrence of such incidents.”
Waris Pathan, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA, Byculla said, “Once I saw a video of ISIS of beheading a person, now with this Rajasthan incident, I feel that Hindutva terrorists are doing the same thing in that state. They burnt a person alive just in the name of ‘love jihad’. Such incidents of communal violence are increasing in every BJP ruled states of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi only speaks but he never takes any action to curb violence. Until government frames strict law and order for these culprits, such barbaric incidents will never stop.”
Arun Chaturvedi, Rajasthan State Social and Empowerment Minister said, “Nobody should take law into their own hands. The victim’s kin should file a complaint with the police and action should be taken against the accused as per law.”
Zamir Khan, Rehmani Group North Mumbai President said, “The BJP must first set its house in order and also study about Hinduism in detail. Often it has been observed that Muslims are being targeted in the name of cow vigilantism and love jihad. They are boldly indulging in acts of violence. BJP is taking the nation backwards.”
Sanjay Kumar Singh, BJP, Howrah, West Bengal said, “Today’s incident in Rajasthan, where a labourer from Malda state in West Bengal has been killed in the name of ‘love jihad’, is very unfortunate and repugnant. We don’t support such communal violence. It’s the responsibility of any government to take immediate action in such barbaric cases. If any alarming situation occurs in West Bengal as an aftermath of Rajasthan’s incident, I believe West Bengal government will take a strong action against those culprits.”