The incidents of mob lynching in the country are going up and there is no sign of its abetting anytime soon. On the contrary, new areas are being afflicted by this menace as the communalism takes roots in the society.
While Bihar was free from the issue of mob lynching and communal violence till now, there are telltale signs that things are changing in Bihar too. As the BJP maneuvered from behind the scene to take power in the state with the help of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and formed the government after a sort of coup, incidents of communal violence are being reported from the state too.
While the violence on alleged cow slaughter was there even before Modi government came to power – it was present during the pre Partition era too – the problem seems to be going out of hands due to government’s alleged support for cow vigilantes.
How the cases of mob lynching and cow vigilante violence has spiraled can be gauged by an IndiaSpend report. “As many of 97% of these attacks were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence–32 of 63 cases–were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the attacks were reported, revealed our analysis of violence recorded until June 25, 2017…Of the 28 Indians who died over the seven-year period, 24 were Muslim, or 86%. As many as 124 people were also injured in these attacks. More than half (52%) of these attacks were based on rumours, our analysis found” the IndiaSpend report says.
There is no denying that there is a widespread anger among the Muslim community across the country, particularly in North India where most of the violence has happened. While many Muslims youth, angered by the increasing number of anti-Muslim violence have demanded retribution against the perpetrators, a Muslim cleric has asked Muslims to forgive the perpetrators instead, work for such people’s welfare, pray for them and win their hearts.
The maulana says that instead of thinking of retribution, Muslims need to make a conscious effort to reach out to the people belonging to other communities and remove misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
Maulana Waliullah Sayeedi, who is a renowned alim and secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), while delivering the Friday sermon in a South Delhi mosque today said that Muslims need to improve their character and present good image of the community before the masses. He went on to add that we have an example in the Prophet Muhammad who didn’t believe in revenge and won the hearts and minds of his followers through love, respect and exemplary behavior.
“Revenge will not change anything. Violence begets violence. On the contrary, Muslims need to reach out to the people who are against them and try to win their hearts and minds. Instead of taking revenge, they need to work for their welfare and pray for them. This will change things and turn the tide in their favour in the long run”, Waliullah Sayeedi said.