Recently I saw a news clipping which brought forth the news of a mentally ill woman lynched to death by village people on the basis of suspicion that she has kidnapped a child. I emphasize on the word “suspicion“. There was no proof whatsoever.
This is not something out of the blue. Such lynchings have become more or less a routine. People get killed by the mob because of their eating preferences (read beef), their religious beliefs, their voice being voiced (example: a young auto driver killed because he asked two men not to urinate in public, Reference: Times of India news site).
Reason behind this brutality: Being hurt! Yes people get brutalised by people because the later set of crowd gets hurt, I mean when their religious sentiment gets hurt they don the robe of anger; when their ego gets hurt on being pointed out they let their emotion flow with the blood of innocents. And suspicion plays a pivotal role in such atrocities. People are losing their confidence in the slow judicial system; patience is pedestal. Under such circumstances a slightest streak of provocation leads to news headlines for the next day which says “Mob lynched…..”.
Saddening part is that the ire of mob vanishes without a trace when it actually matters. When a girl gets molested or eve-teased or a defenseless is being troubled in full public glare no one bothers to raise a voice because everyone is worried about the fury of few preparators of the crime. But they forget if few can be powerful then how much more power they collectively as a mob would have. If suspicion can motivate a mob to kill someone then why not a mob be motivated enough to take a right decision to oppose something which is evidently wrong and something not based on suspicion or instigation. Note: opposing doesn’t mean killing here.
My question: I understand very well how sentimental one can be when it comes to sensitive issues like religion especially in a country like India but agitation based on clueless accusations leading to brutality can leave a family devastated and sobbing for life. What if there is a fallout of the very base of suspicion that led to the fury. Can lives be given back? And why no one is feared of law and order and thinks twice before taking it into own hands. Is it the failure of governance that they are assured of the mob power. How justified is it?
As my friend Kuljeet mentioned two days ago in her article “Salad Bowl Folks!” we have many more issues to deal with collectively rather than passing verdicts in a fit of rage under the disguise of “Mob”.