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Gurgaon comes out to protest against hate crimes

Participants condemned alleged mob lynchings and urged people of all religions to unite for peace

gurgaon Updated: Sep 10, 2017 22:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Not In My Name,Leisure Valley Park,Gurgaon
More than 200 people participated at the ‘Not In My Name’ campaign at Leisure Valley on Sunday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

More than 200 people came together under the ‘Not In My Name’ campaign to spread the message of non-violence. Under the banner of ‘Nafrat ke Khilaf’, a stand against hatred, residents on Sunday gathered at the city at Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29 to express the need to unite and put an end to hate crimes.

This campaign was initiated to protest against alleged mob lynchings and incidents of violence across the country recently.

It was a unique concept as residents were seen registering their protest against the alleged hate crimes through art, song, music, theatre and poetry.

“We are here to say that we do not support any violence and value all religions and cultures,” Dr Parul Sharma, a resident who participated in the event, said.

“We are a peace loving nation and we have the right to freedom of expression,” he said.

Another resident, Anushree Misha, “The environment is fearful as it is continuously spreading fear among people and we need to break free. Society should not be governed by caste and religion of individuals.”

The participants said that the movement aims to connect people and bring them together to oppose communalism and stand together in support of each other.

“We are out to express that we all are different and still we co-exist. We condemn violence in any form and want to spread the message of peace and love,” said Dr Samman Adil, a participant.

On June 28, thousands of people had gathered outside Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against the spread of hate and rise in incidents that claimed innocent lives and threatened to split people on communal lines.

Navtej Johar, a dancer who performed at the venue, said, “We are here as we support the cause and we do not judge any individual. People should be able to lead a peaceful and respectful life.”

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The protest has grown and spread to 32 cities and towns across the country. Residents from all sections of the society came to register their protest against such attacks.

The campaign speaks for citizens of India irrespective of religion, caste, gender or sexual orientation.

Among the artistes who performed at the Leisure Valley ground during the protest are Rabbi Shergill, Rashmi Agarwal, Madan Gopal Singh, Trippy Sama (music band), Navtej Johar (dancer) and Fouzia.

First Published: Sep 10, 2017 22:19 IST