Amid growing calls for an anti-mob lynching bill to be created, a shocking case of communal violence has emerged on Monday where a cleric named Imlakur Rehman Ali, was allegedly assaulted on Saturday evening in Baghpat area in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', as per sources. Sources further report that miscreants had reportedly asked him to shave his beard off before entering the village. Police have reportedly booked 12 people in connection with the case and further investigations are underway.
Sharing his traumatic ordeal, Ali has said that 8-10 boys had attacked him and threatened to kill him when he refused to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. He added that bystanders did nothing to help him.
"Eight-ten boys were already standing prepared to stop me. They drove their bike in front of my bike and blocked my path. First, they removed my cap and then attacked my beard. After that, they started hitting me. They tried to make me chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. When I refused to chant, they threatened to kill me. I escaped on my own. There were bystanders around who did not do anything," he said.
Earlier on June 18, 22-year old Tabrez Ansari(22) had been lynched by a mob for allegedly stealing a motorcycle in Saraikela, Jharkhand.
Ansari who was on the way home to Saraikela from Jamshedpur last Tuesday was attacked by a mob barely 5 km away from his home. As per sources, videos of him being tied to a pole and being beaten for hours for allegedly stealing a motorbike have been widely circulated. Sources also report that the mob which attacked Ansari chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' had handed him over to the police after he lost consciousness.
While Ansari succumbed to his injuries in the next week, the incident had triggered several anti-mob lynching protests in Surat and Ranchi, which itself turned violent. Many politicians including the Prime Minister have condemned these mob lynching attacks, specifically targetted at minorities.
Mob lynching in India has also caught the international communities' attention with 'anti-mob lynching' banners being flown over the Stadium where India was playing Sri Lanka in England in the recently concluded cricket World cup.
Similarly, on July 9, Jonathan Ashworth -the Leceister South MP, had written to the Foreign Affairs Office stating some of his Muslim constituents have complained about violent attacks on Muslims in India.