Who Lynched Pehlu Khan?

 If not those acquitted then who?

A local Rajasthan court on 13th August offered clean chit to the 6 out of 9 accused in the 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case. The court of Additional District Judge, Sarita Swami, heard the case on Wednesday, for which arguments from both the sides were completed on August 7. Earlier, six people, who were previously named as accused in the case, were given clean chit based on mobile phone records and the statement of the caretaker of a cow shelter. The remaining three accused are minors and are being tried in a juvenile court. According to a report, Pehlu Khan’s lawyer Qasim Khan said, “There was political pressure in the case. We expect life imprisonment for the seven accused on whom the verdict will be pronounced today.”

Source: Mir Suhail

While the mob-lynchers were set free, charges were being framed against Pehlu Khan under section 6 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995. Police had also issued a charge sheet against Pehlu Khan’s sons Irshad (25) and Arif (22) under sections 5, 8 and 9 of under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act.

Pehlu Khan, a 55-year old dairy farmer from Haryana was returning from a cow fair in Jaipur on April 1, 2017. He was stopped by cow vigilantes on the Jaipur-Haryana highway. Though Pehlu Khan showed them relevant documents that he bought the cows for milk, he was still beaten to death.

The Rajasthan government on Saturday announced that it has decided to set up a special investigation team to probe lapses or irregularities in the previous police probe into the mob-killing case. The move by the government to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case afresh has given them renewed hope to Pehlu Khan’s family.

India’s history with cow vigilantes, Right-wing pro-Hindus and cases of casteism has not been very approving. These 7 months of 2019 have seen un-countable lynch crimes based on class and religion. We take a look at a few lynching

Saran lynching case
July 19, 2019

Four suspected cattle thieves were allegedly caught by an angry mob in Pithori Nandlal village under Baniyapur police station in Saran when the victims were on their way in a pick-up van to purchase cattle. While three of them were beaten to death, the fourth victim sustained serious injuries and is battling for his life in the government hospital. They were beaten with bamboo sticks, iron rods, and bricks till they lost consciousness and three of them died.

The victims have been identified as Naushad Quraishi, Raju Nut, and Videsh Nut.

Budhi Kumar, Tripura
July 2, 2019

A 36-years old man in Tripura was killed by a mob on the suspect of stealing cattle. Allegedly, while he was about to flee from the cowshed, somebody saw him and cried out loud. This was when all the villagers reached the spot, caught him and beat him up. He died in the hospital the next day.

Manji Jetha Solanki, Gujarat
June 19, 2019

A Dalit sarpanch was first rammed by an SUV while he was on a bike and then thrashed to death by the members of the Kathi Darbar, an upper-caste group. This was because of the political rivalries where he has helped several Dalits fight cases of atrocities. Solanki has reportedly been attacked at least 8 times in the past because of the helping hand he had lent to several Dalits. Police have arrested three members from the Kathi Darbar.

Tabrez Ansari,  Jharkhand
June 18, 2019

A 22-year old man accused of motorcycle theft died in June after getting beaten up by a mob while forced for chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’. Five people have been arrested in connection with the attack and two people officers have been suspended of dereliction of duty.

Still wondering what more is the Government or the State authorities expecting to be done so that the criminals start to fear the heinous crime that they are performing without fearing any actions against them. What will lead to the harassers stopping themselves from being self-appointed authorities, cow vigilantes or the hate criminals?

Harshita Malik
Harshita Malik

Trained in journalism, fights for gender and human rights issues. Open to talks and criticism. Believes in individual wishes and opinions. A mediocre reader of non-fiction.

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