Not in My Name
Protests are taking place across India against rising attacks on Muslims and Dalits (formerly untouchables) by vigilante cow protection groups.
Protests are taking place across India against rising attacks on Muslims and Dalits (formerly untouchables) by vigilante cow protection groups. Thousands of people are holding "Not in My Name" banners and "Stop Cow Terrorism" placards and taking to streets to send a strong message to the NDA government, especially BJP, to rein in Gau Rakshaks who have been taking cue from statements of political leaders to go after and thrash, even fatally, anyone found carrying beef or transporting cows.
Many innocents taking cows for farming operations or milk business have also been soundly thrashed for a year on. Cow slaughter is banned in several Indian states and those found violating the law can be jailed for up to 10 years. Concerned over the attacks by vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi on Thursday denied the accusation by rights groups of silently endorsing the attacks, and publicly criticised the so-called cow vigilantes.
A Facebook post by filmmaker Saba Dewan, calling for a protest in Delhi against lynching, inspired citizens from around the world to organise marches in their cities in solidarity. “Shouldn’t there be protests against the lynchings especially after the murder yesterday in Delhi NCR by a mob of a 16-year-old Muslim boy? If not now then when? Why wait for political formations to organize a demonstration? Why can’t all of us as citizens repulsed by the violence get together in protest at the earliest next week at Jantar Mantar under the banner – Not in my Name,” she wrote in her FB post.
In the wake of the lynching of 16-year-old Junaid Khan in Haryana on June 22, filmmaker Saba Dewan posted a message on Facebook on Saturday asking people to join her in a protest against such rising rate of brutality in India. At the end of her post, Dewan named the protest, 'Not in My Name'. Soon, it became a calling. She posted details of a protest in Delhi's Jantar Mantar, under the banner of Not In My Name, writes India Today, adding that soon, people started signing up, not just from Delhi but from across the country.