A shocking video has been doing the rounds of social media which shows four men being tied to a car and beaten by public with belts and sticks for transporting beef. The video, taken in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district shows a mob taking thrash and thrashing the four men, repeatedly asking them to apologise for their “crime”.
Taking law into their own hands
Leading the mob was the Shiv Sena district president Goswami Pramod Ramesh Giri. The car to which the men were tied, also belonged to Giri. However, the victims who were all Dalits denied the allegation of transporting beef. Apparently, their work was to transport animal carcassus. They had found a dead cow which they were carrying for the sake of their occupation. Mr Giri justified his action in a completely different way. He stated that he had reports of illegal beef trade and cow transportation was taking place in Mota Samadhilaya village in the district. And hence, he led a mob and beat the four men when they found a dead cow with them. Two of the four were severely injured and admitted to hospital. One of them succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital. This is not the only case. A few days ago, a video had surfaced where two men, accused of transporting beef were forcefully made to eat cow dung and few more incidents in the past which had shocked the citizens of India.
Political patronage and law of the land
The controversy over cow has already cost a few lives. But it is not about the legality and illegality of the transport or consumption of the cow, but how senstive things are exploited to an extent that few individuals take the law into their own hands. And as in this case, the miscreant enjoys political patronage.
What could be the potential solution to this?
From the patterns that are emerging in the controversies related to this, one could reasonably conclude that lack of strong condemnation from the policy makers combined with ineffective law enforcements (important aspects of democracy) embolden few miscreants. The solution lies in the problem and it is straight forward, senior political party leaders and political parties should make it loud and clear that they are intolerant to such behaviour besides taking action on such individuals without taking into considertion the political consequences of the same. Political parties should take the lead wrt to civil behavior and maintaing the rule of law and for doing so their own cadres and followers would admire them for the same. Public condemnation of such incidents by going beyond political affiliations will help in political parties mending their ways of appealing to people.
It is a shame that such incidents continue to happen, let us together ensure our political parties do not indulge in acts such as these. We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to be bold and forthcoming in bringing the guilty to justice.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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