Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar took to Facebook on Sunday to share his anguish over a man being beaten to death in Dadri for allegedly consuming beef. Mohammad Ikhlaq of Bisada village in Dadri, a mostly agrarian outpost on Delhi’s fringes, was lynched by a mob because a rumour spread that he had eaten or stored beef. His son was also attacked and is in a critical condition.
Akhtar condemned the incident and how it is playing out politically. He wrote in the post, “It’s been almost a week now since a man (husband and father) in Dadri, U.P was brutally murdered. He was dragged out of his house and in full view of his family, beaten to death by a mob. His son is in critical condition, doctors still struggling to keep him alive. His wife and daughter will probably never recover from this incident. Reason: He was rumored to have stored and/or eaten beef. Let me repeat that. He was RUMORED to have stored and/or eaten beef.”
Discussing the authorities’ response, he adds, “It’s the aftermath with the routine insensitive quotes from politics leaders, some blatantly blaming the victims eating habits, others sheltering the accused, that have already started creating the blueprint for what is to follow. We’ve seen it before. Do we want to see it again? The police sprung into action and have sent the meat from the dead victims house for Forensics!!!! Need one say more about how twisted this is beginning to get.”
Asking people to speak out, he says, “The point of this post is that another thing will be routine. The silence of the peace loving citizen. But this is NOT the time to remain silent. What has happened once can surely happen again and unless we, the people, do not unite in demanding immediate action, this is going to turn into a circus with all the usual suspects having a go at each other, trying to score PR points. There are serious implications if justice is not swift and exact.”
Reminding us that the incident took place a few days before Gandhi Jayanti, Farhan writes, “Indians killing Indians killing Indians. Let’s face it.. His memory has been completely dishonored. Let us not allow the Dadri incident ever to be forgotten or repeated. Jai Hind.”