The recent Dadri lynching incident which took place on 28 September 2015 is a question mark for all of us. Is it correct to take justice in our hands? Can we ever repay what the raging mob did to Mohammad Akhlaq’s family that night? For those of you who have no idea about this incident, the Dadri mob lynching points out to that dreadful event where a mob of 200 or more charged towards a Muslim family in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, India and killed Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi (52 year old) while brutally injuring his son Danish (22 year old) because of a rumour that suggested that the family had beheaded and consumed a calf instead of a goat on Eid-ul-Adha.
The raging mob carried swords and pistols and attacked the family at 10.30 in the night when the family was going to sleep. The mob flung a sewing machine and hit it at Akhlaq’s head while dragging him and his family outside. Akhlaq and Danish were kicked repeatedly and hit with bricks. The mob also attacked Akhlaq’s elderly mother and his wife while molesting his daughter. The police was called and according to the family, they arrived an hour later but by then Akhlaq was already dead and Danish was left seriously injured.
Since then many political leaders have consoled the family personally calling the entire incident as “ungrateful.” The opposition party has, however, found this incident as a new tool to target PM Modi for being silent regarding this entire event. The opposition said that the PM tweeted condolences for the death of Asha Bhosle’s son but hasn’t spoken a word about the Dadri lynching incident.
While the reason behind PM Modi’s silence over this grave issue is still unknown, District Magistrate M P Singh has claimed that since then the situation is very much under control and said that this incident should not be treated as a communal clash and instead be called a “solitary case” since no other Muslim family was affected in the clash.