Pooja Chaudhuri Chaudhuri
The only fiction I enjoy is in books and movies.
Adding to the long list of atrocities in the name of cow protection is the burning of a Dairy farmer’s house in a Jharkhand village on Tuesday afternoon. The attack took place after the carcass of a headless cow was allegedly found near Usman Ansari’s residence.
According to the police, a mob beat him up before setting his house on fire. The incident occurred in Bariabad, about 200 km from the state capital Ranchi, under Deori police station area of Giridih district, as reported by Hindustan Times.
The mob carried sticks and stones on the mere suspicion that Ansari had slaughtered a cow. When the police reached the village, the humongous crowd had already surrounded his house.
The police had to fire gunshots to disperse the mob which included nearly 1000 people. Thirty police personnel were injured as they resorted to lathi charge and air firing to stop the self-appointed cow protectors who had laid siege to the 55-year-old’s house.
Ansari is currently being treated in a hospital and his family members have been moved to a safer location under the protection of the police.
Hindustan Times reports that the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of North Chhotanagpur zone, Bhim Sen Tuti, reached Giridih on Wednesday as hundreds of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were rushed to the area. The village is under heavy security though no one has been arrested so far. The police will question about 15 people today, reports NDTV.
This incident occurred only four days after a Haryana teenager was lynched to death by his co-passengers in a train after he and his brothers were accused of being beef-eaters. Earlier in Jharkhand, a paranoid mob also lynched seven people after believing a WhatsApp rumour which said that they were “child abductors” who had infiltrated the area.
The mob that assaulted Usman Ansari and burnt down his house included a thousand individuals who were strangers to each other. But they came together for a cause – a cause stemmed from hatred, and nothing more.
Even more disheartening than the killing of innocents in the name of cow protection is our apathy towards the crime. Almost every day, we come across multiple instances of people being beaten with sticks and rods and burnt alive by self-acclaimed Gau Rakshaks. But the atrocities do not shock us anymore.
When an animal, though given the status of an endeared deity, is respected more than human life itself, we, as human beings, have failed.
We need to understand the repercussions of such crimes instead of blindly supporting them just out of respect and love for cows. If on a mere suspicion people are being attacked and killed, we too can be assaulted any time, anywhere.
The need of the hour is not for people to unite to kill, but to unite to save the innocents who are being targeted; and in this endeavour, both citizens and the government needs to come together. Lack of legal action against these criminals is giving them the impunity to act as they deem fit.
The Logical Indian urges both the centre and the states to take stringent actions against cow vigilantes. Mob violence has increased manifold in the last months and the only way to stop the crimes is to bring the criminals to justice. Law and order need to be upheld to ensure that the safety of citizens is not compromised. Lynchings and mob justice are huge threats to a democracy; only by taking strict action against such goons can we ensure that the rule of law is upheld.
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