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Gau Rakshak

India: The new Lynchdom How the fear of the 'other' drives mob violence in India

Law may not be able to make a man love him but it can keep the man from lynching him.” Martin Luther King Jr.   These words were said by Martin Luther King Jr. in the era where the racial segregation was at its peak and the African Americans targeted in the form of lynching.…

SC slams Lynch Mobs, issues directions to govt to check ‘mobocracy’ Landmark judgment warns people against taking law into their own hands

In a landmark judgment on the unabated and unabashed lynching of people across India, the Indian Supreme Court has come down heavily on perpetrators of such crimes as well as the law and order machinery that has failed to curb this menace. The strongly worded judgment, not only condemns “horrendous acts of mobocracy” but also…

Curb Cow Vigilantism

भारत में गौ-हत्या रोकथाम कानून जानिए कैसे ये कानून गौ-रक्षा के नाम पर हिंसा करने वालों की रक्षा करते हैं

गौ-संरक्षण के नाम पर हो रही हिंसा के कारण बहुत ही तेज़ी से सामाजिक सौहार्द बिगड़ता जा रहा है. ऐसे में देश के अलग अलग राज्यों में अलग अलग गौ-संरक्षण कानूनों की जानकारी होना आवश्यक है. कानून ने कथित तौर पर न्यायिक और संस्थागत, दोनों ही पृष्ठभूमियों के अंतर्गत गौ-रक्षक और हत्या कर देने वाली भीड़…

Curb Cow Vigilantism

SC urged to formulate guidelines to curb Cow Vigilantism Petition against Gau Rakshaks suggests appointment of Nodal Officers in worst affected areas

The Supreme Court has been urged to formulate comprehensive guidelines to ensure that the Indian law and order machinery effectively curtails the menace of cow vigilantism and as importantly, protects victims from the marginalised sections. This would ensure some measure of monitoring and due diligence recording of rogue states given the increase in the menace.…

Curb Cow Vigilantism

SC to hear petition against Gau Rakshaks Martin Macwan demands ban on Gau Raksha Dals

The writ petition, filed by Dalit leader and social activist Martin Macwan, seeking directions to various State Governments to take immediate and necessary actions against the Cow Protection Groups also referred as Gau Raksha Dals and to the Central Government to ban such gangs/groups, comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court on July 3,…

Cow Protection

Cow Slaughter Prevention Laws in India How the Law not just protects Cow Vigilantes, but Sanctifies Lynchings

In an environment that is fast getting vitiated due to increasing incidents of cow vigilantism and violence in the name of cow protection, it is a good idea to know about Cow Protection Laws in each Indian states. The Law has created both, the legal and institutional backdrop, within which gau rakshaks and lynch mobs can operate with…

क्या आपका कोई अपना गौरक्षकों का शिकार हुआ है? 12 साल के इम्तियाज़ के पिता से सुनिए कि आज उनकी हालत क्या है

गौरक्षकों के हाथों मार कर पेड़ पर लटकाए गए 12 साल के इम्तियाज़ के पिता से सुनिए कि आज उनकी हालत क्या है. और इसपर भी विचार कीजिये कि हिंदुस्तान में कानून व्यवस्था है या नहीं. और क्या यही नए भारत के अच्छे दिनों का ट्रेलर है?     Related: Lynched in India

Want Justice not Revenge: Mariam Ansari Jharkhand lynching victim Alimuddin Ansari’s widow does not want death penalty for convicted Gau Rakshaks

In an EXCLUSIVE interview Mariam Khatoon, the widow of Alimuddin Ansari who was killed by gau rakshaks on June 29 last year, has said she does not want her husband’s convicted killers to hang.   “Though they murdered my husband I don’t want them to lose their lives,” she told this reporter at her home…

The Lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq A timeline of all developments in the investigation and trial in the Dadri lynching case

Mohammed Akhlaq’s brutal murder at the hands of his fellow villagers is seen as the first lynching in a cow vigilantism case in India. Mohammed Akhlaq was the first victim of Gautankwad. [TIMELINE-25405]   Related: Victims of Gautankwad: Pehlu Khan Victims of Gautankwad: Alimuddin Ansari Lynched in India  

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…

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