1 min read.Updated: 25 Jun 2019, 05:49 PM ISTLivemint
India needs is an authoritatively worded ultimatum that could deter vigilante groups from committing such heinous crimes
The lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand for the alleged theft of a motorcycle is yet another grim reminder of an air of impunity that prevails in some parts of India, an atmosphere in which mob violence, especially against minorities, has become common news. Ansari, 24, who worked as a welder in Pune, was visiting his village ahead of his wedding. On 17 June, he was tethered to a pole and brutalized through the night, with a few of his tormentors forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram" and “Jai Hanuman", Hindu religious invocations doubtlessly aimed at humiliating a Muslim. On 22 June, Ansari died. While a series of arrests have belatedly been made and a probe ordered, media reports lay bare the shameful indifference—if not outright complicity—of those in authority, ranging from police personnel to a government doctor who conducted the initial medical examination on Ansari, but found him “fit" to be lodged in jail instead of a hospital.