Video of Rajasthan man hacking, burning alive a Muslim ‘horrendous’: SC

Supreme Court says the petition was poorly drafted and asked senior advocate to file a better plea and fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2018 21:02 IST
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Gulbahar, wife of Afrajul, mourns the death of her husband, in village Saiydpur in West Bengal’s Malda district a month ago. The nondescript village of roughly 7,000 people in West Bengal’s Malda district has been mourning the death of fellow villager, Afrajul, who became the victim of a hate crime. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed as “horrendous” the video of a Muslim labourer from West Bengal being hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on December 6 last year.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was inclined to issue notice on the plea filed by Gulbahar Bibi, wife of 50-year-old deceased Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh, seeking an impartial SIT probe into the dastardly murder.

“The video is horrendous,” the bench said, adding it was willing to consider the plea and issue appropriate directions.

The top court, however, said the petition was poorly drafted and asked senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing the wife of the slain labourer, to file a better plea and fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing.

Jaising said the video has already been seen by millions of people and a direction be issued to the Centre and the state government to ensure that it was not circulated further and withdrawn from the internet.

She also said the victims be granted their fundamental right to access to justice, as “unruly crowd has been attempting to stall the judicial process to favour the accused.”

Jaising said “unruly crowd” rush to the trial court during the proceedings in the case in support of the accused, leading to denial of access to justice to the victims.

The Muslim labourer, hailing from West Bengal, was allegedly hacked and burnt alive on December 6 last year and the murder was recorded on camera by the minor nephew of accused Shambhulal Regar. The accused is now in judicial custody.

Regar, after killing Sheikh was seen on a video ranting that he did it to ‘stop Love Jihad’, a term publicised to refer to Muslim men marrying Hindu women.

In the video, later uploaded on social media, the accused is seen threatening on camera and saying “Those who will commit love jihad will meet with the same fate”.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 21:02 IST