Indeed, lynching has replaced the age-old communal riot as a means of polarization. Lynching comes without the burden of guilt that used to accompany riots. It is more effective, lethal and sinister. It strikes at the very identity of the community. It is far more demoralizing than the traditional communal violence, but serves the same purpose as riots did in the years gone by: to engender a climate of distrust and fear.…
Over the years, the Muslim community has had a grievance against the police that it favours the majority community – Hashimpura, Maliana, Bhagalpur, Bhiwadi, Moradabad and so on. It is the same with lynching incidents. Except for a solitary case of a police sub- inspector protecting a Muslim boy from a mob in Uttarakhand, the community lives with the uneasy feeling that even in case of murderous attack by cow vigilante groups, the police will come to the rescue of the offenders, find ways to protect the attackers and humiliate the victims.
Again, like with communal riots, this time too, FIRs are filed against Muslims, some of them after they are killed by a murderous mob. Denied security in life by a rampant mob, they are denied dignity in death by the police.…
- Mob Lynching, cow vigilantism: “Changing pattern” of communal violence in India – By Irfan Engineer, Neha Dabhade, Suraj Nair, Siddhi Pendke (Feb 7, 2019, Counterview)
- Mob lynching in India are manufactured communal violence – By Irfan Engineer (Jan 24, 2019, Milli Gazette)