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India: Muslim Man Lynched By Hindutva Mob Over Allegedly Having Beef In His Fridge

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Not only was 50 year old, Mohammed Akhlaq, killed by an enraged mob who had just heard an blood-curdling announcement by a Hindutvan priest at a local temple but now the police are attempting to blame him for getting killed.

By Anjaly Mody, Scroll.in

In Dadri, on the edge of the National Capital Region, 50-year old Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched by a mob on Monday night because it was rumored that his family had been eating beef. His 20-year old son, Danish, is critically injured. Reports quote the police and the district magistrate as saying that a mob gathered after 10 pm following an announcement made at a temple. They broke down the door to the Akhlaqs’ home and battered the father and son with bricks. The police has sent meat from the Akhlaqs’ refrigerator to a forensic laboratory for testing.

A mob gathered outside a family home. It broke down the door and entered illegally. One man was murdered. Another was critically injured. At the very minimum, four separate crimes were committed against the Akhlaqs, one of which is a heinous crime. Why is it then that meat from their refrigerator has been sent to the forensics department for examination?

No violation

They have broken no law by having meat in their home. The Uttar Pradesh Cow Protection Act does not criminalise the possession of meat of any type. Even if the meat in the Akhlaq home was beef (which they say, it is not), they would not be in violation of any law. Even if they did have illegal substances in their home, it would not justify the mob attack on them and the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq. So why have the contents of their refrigerator become police evidence?

The police, it would appear, does not want to be seen ignoring the sentiment of the mob. It wants to give the sense that it is mindful of the mob’s cow protection concerns. Going by reporting of the murder in some Hindi newspapers, it is clear that Mohammad Akhlaq is being labelled a cow-killer. There has also been violence following the arrest of members of the mob, suggesting some political mobilisation.

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[Edit: Earlier post read that it was a “sermon” that caused the mob to attack and kill Mr. Akhlaq, it was actually an announcement.]

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    Dark times ahead indeed.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well, I can perform the Eid sacrifice. I already did.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Mine too. And bunnies are just so cute

  • Sam Seed

    Yes my thoughts exactly about rabbits…not gonna have one for food. I think after witnessing a slaughter the desire for eating meat dies down, buying from a butcher however is ok. But my favourite meat is lamb ☺

  • The greenmantle

    I will only eat rabbit if I catch and kill the little buggers eating my veg .
    My personal view is if you cannot kill an animal then you should not be allowed to eat it 😉
    and if you cannot eat it then generally you should not kill it

    Sir David

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well, anyway I will continue to eat meat, and all the vegetarian and vegan guys can continue not eating meat, it’s okay with me, but if they want to force their ideology on me they can go to Hell.

    But I don’t want ever to eat rabbit again, and I’d never let any of my family buy a live rabbit at the market and slaughter it (or have it slaughterted), they’d have to get past me.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Whether it was a sermon or just an announcement is really not relevant here. That’s just splitting hairs. Somebody sent the mob into a killing frenzy and as a result he is dead, foully murdered by thugs and mad dogs with the manners and the faces of swine. Do you think, if I was in the same situation I’d just let myself be led like alamb to the slaughter?
    Do you expect me, after hearing such news, that I should love my enemies, turn the other cheek, try to reason with them, or say “peace” to them?!? I WILL CERTAINLY N O T!!! Everything I hate and despise about mankind, everything that is hateful and despicable about mankind, I see embodiued in such individuals: the Hindutva mob here in this case, the cetniks, the Burmese antiu-Muslim pogromists, the islamophobic instigators and propagandists in the West, Putin and the Putinists and war propagandists, the Kach party and other Zio-Nazis, Pegida, Geert Wilders, the Le Pens and their followers and so on, all inhuman twerps around, ad nauseam infinitam. Such individuals have forfeited all their rights and they do not deserve to walk this Earth. And if I would like to send them to Hell then only so that they won’t send hundreds of thousands of innocents to the mass grave (including yours truly). They deserve to feel in their own flesh and body the cruelty they so callously vest on others. I have been explained their motives, and I can only say that the saying “To understand is to forgive” is simply not true, on the contrary, some things, the better you understand them the more you hate them, or rather, those who do them, or who stand for these things. They deserve the very worst in the world and I’d be only too happy to do the very worst to them myself, with my own hands. “Let him who is without fault cast the first stone” said the Messiah, pbuh. Only God is without fault. But I’m very much willing to cast the first stone, and the 1000th as well, as long as it is necessary.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    A despicable act if ever there was one. I can only hope there is a very bad section in Hell for those who committed this act, for those who instigated it and for those who provided the ideological background for it. I only wish I could kill them with my own hands. Those evil pogromists.

  • The greenmantle

    From the BBC on this subject http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34513185

    Sir David

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Hindus acting like muzzle’ems?

  • The greenmantle

    on the subject of religion and animals http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34450057
    Florida sounds a great place to live 🙂

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    What I dont understand is why the police sent the meat for testing ? Would the crime ( if any ) of having beef in some way justify the murder ?
    Incidently that picture does not work in europe as we cut up animals differently 😉
    Sir David

  • While the incident is shocking, the kind of statement being made by the elected representative from PM Modi’s party is even more depressing.
    For instance, the ‘culture’ minister Mahesh Sharma called the whole episode an accident based on misunderstanding. Today he claimed the purpose of the mob wasn’t to lynch the man, since “no body touched his 17 year daughter” (even though she had accused the mob of molesting her).
    Sangeet Som, the leader who is accused of causing anti-Muslim riots by giving inflammatory speeches in Muzaffarnagar in 2013, visited the family of those arrested and vowed to free the 9 arrested and called the victims cow killers.
    Unsurprisingly, prime accused among those arrested (for making the announcement and inciting the mob) is the son of a minister in Modi’s party.
    And Modi’s twitter handle which normally is very active is so-far pretty silent on this issue.
    The silver lining? At least twitter in India was trending #BabriSeDadriTak (from Babri mosque demolition by rightist to Dadri incident) for whole day at top. Apart from that, dark times ahead I’m afraid.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    ” I have some issues with seeing things correctly, …”

    Well, I assume that you and Hskol know about the dyslexic atheist. He didn’t believe in the existence of dog.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Ahh, an error and an overzealous mod! I didn’t consider that possibility! 🙂

    No harm done and I’m glad to see that LW is not in the business of deleting polite comments even when they challenge certain points! That’s one reason I enjoy discussions here.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I don’t know whether this was an error or some overzealous mod, but my comment on this thread was “Removed” according to Disqus. It was up, and Hskol upvoted it. I tend to think that this was deliberate because one phrase in the LW introduction to this article, originally “blood-curdling sermon,” has since been changed to “blood-curdling announcement,” as properly noted in an explicit edit at the end of the article text. However, there is still no link to that announcement or evidence that the announcement was “blood-curdling.” (This link describes the “blood-curdling sequence of events” and is worth reading: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/02/asia/india-mob-murder-beef/ )

    I applaud any attempt to fix errors, but removing a comment pointing out the possible error is Orwellian and below this site’s standards as far as I have seen.

    I am copying my comment below with absolutely no edits.

    The LoonWatch intro to this article says, “Not only was 50 year old,
    Mohammed Akhlaq, killed by an enraged mob who had just heard a
    blood-curling sermon by a Hindutvan priest at a local temple…”

    I read the article and it does not mention any sermon. I tried Googling,
    but I didn’t find any reference to any sermon. (Besides direct
    searches on Mohammed Aklhaq, a search of “blood curdling sermon”
    actually yielded many fewer results than I expected, though none that
    seem to deal with this incident.)

    Maybe there is something, but it’s not linked to here. I suggest either link to a statement about there being such a sermon or a change to the introduction.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    In all this there is the sad irony that the man and his family didn’t even have any beef in the fridge.

  • mindy1

    Tragic story :((

  • Just_Stopping_By

    The LoonWatch intro to this article says, “Not only was 50 year old, Mohammed Akhlaq, killed by an enraged mob who
    had just heard a blood-curling sermon by a Hindutvan priest at a local
    temple…”

    I read the article and it does not mention any sermon. I tried Googling, but I didn’t find any reference to any sermon. (Besides direct searches on Mohammed Aklhaq, a search of “blood curdling sermon” actually yielded many fewer results than I expected, though none that seem to deal with this incident.)

    Maybe there is something, but it’s not linked to here. I suggest either link to a statement about there being such a sermon or a change to the introduction.

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