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Chanakya’s View: Has vigilantism become a norm in our country?

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I sometimes feel that what is categorically unacceptable is becoming, more and more, par for the course in our Republic. When it first happened, cattle lynching made news. Now, it seems to happen with such a frequency that the initial shock has dissipated. The event is reported, commented upon, mostly perfunctorily, and life goes on. If we believe that India, apart from being the world’s largest democracy, is also one of the oldest and most refined civilisations, such a level of insensitivity questions our credentials on both counts. Last week, in Godda district of Jharkhand, two men were beaten to death with sticks and stones over alleged cattle theft. Their half-naked bodies were strung out on bamboo poles and paraded through the village by a cheering mob. Both were Muslims. The father of one of the victims said that his son was a bona fide cattle trader. Such incidents have not happened for the first time in Jharkhand. In March 2016, two cattle traders were killed on suspicion and their bodies hung from a tree. In June 2017, Muslims were again the target of cow vigilante violence, and beaten
to death. There have been many other shameful incidents.

In UP, in September 2015, Akhlaq Khan was lynched to death by a mob on the suspicion of eating beef. His son was also attacked and beaten to near pulp. In Rajasthan, in April 2017, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was attacked on the road as he was transporting cattle for sale by a mob of over 200 cow vigilantes. He was lynched to death,........

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