Seven years after Akhlaq’s gruesome murder, his family still waits for justice

On 28 September 2015, Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched by his Hindu friends and neighbors on suspicious of eating Beef. 

52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq died on the spot, and his son, 22-year-old Danish, was seriously injured.

The police came to take the meat from Akhlaq’s house around 1 a.m. on the night of September 28-29. They found no meat there. Yet in the chargesheet, they mentioned meat in a utensil which was too big to be put inside the fridge.

Later the Indian court concluded that he was not storing beef.

It’s been seven long years his younger brother Jaan Mohammed continuing his legal battle to bring justice to his late brother and his family. Despite the climate of fear, he will continue to pursue the legal battle against the accused.

Meanwhile, there is a ‘total breakdown’ of relations between Muslims and Hindus in the village where Akhlaq once lived.

There is no social interaction between Hindus and Muslims in Bisada. Of the 30 Muslim families that used to reside in the village before Akhlaq’s murder, eight to ten have moved out.

After the incident, the communal bonhomie in the village is gone. People from different faiths don’t visit each other’s homes now.

All the credit of polarization and hate goes to the prime minister Narendra Modi for his communal politics. 

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Source:  The Hindu   |   India Blogger 

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