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Amir Rizvi

Victims of Gautankwad: Alimuddin Ansari

In our last story on Victims of Gautankwad, we told you all about the Pehlu Khan lynching that appeared to be a case of premeditated murder. Today we bring you the case of Alimuddin Ansari who was lynched by a mob of nearly 100 people in Ramgarh in Jharkhand on suspicion of transporting beef in…

The Murder of Pehlu Khan

Pehlu Khan was killed on a busy highway in Rajasthan by a mob of self-proclaimed cow protectors. Now in an exclusive investigation, senior investigative journalist Ajit Sahi has discovered that this was in fact murder. He has also found that the police sabotaged the investigation and engaged in an elaborate cover up. This weakened the…

Victims of Gautankwad: Pehlu Khan

This is the story of Pehlu Khan who died after being assaulted by Gau Rakshaks on a national highway in Rajasthan in April 2017. Pehlu Khan fell prey to cow vigilantes or Gau Rakshaks and is therefore one of the most memorable faces of the Victims of Gautankwad or terrorism in the name of cow protection.   A brief history of…

What’s Behind India’s Lynch Attacks: A Narrative Report by Citizens Against Hate examines 24 cases of vigilante violence across 4 states

Hate inspired violence against minorities has become increasingly common across India over the last few years and the audacity with which they are conducted suggests a complete absence of fear of consequences. These hate crimes range from lynching and mob violence to violence inflicted by vigilantes, sexual assault and even outright murder. Muslims and Dalits…

Intimidation, Lynchings and Vigilante Justice: The New Normal in Fundamentalist India Buoyed by electoral victories, Hindu Fundamentalism is sweeping India.

It is not every day that one of India’s foremost constitutional experts, a jurist par excellence, takes the bull by its horns and issues a dire warning. Pulling no punches, Fali Nariman directly challenged India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, about the appointment of Adityanath, a ‘Yogi,’ as chief minister of the northern state of Uttar…

Murder and Lynching, India’s New Normal

By Teesta Setalvad Yesterday (October 13), as I sat down to write this column, my colleague alerted me with this news: Harassed Muslim fodder seller sets himself ablaze in Punjab. The news bulletin on Times of India was from Bhatinda. A Muslim man, who had been selling fodder outside a cow shelter, set himself on fire on…

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