It only takes a handful of miscreants to create chaos. Several cases of Muslim killings bring to the forefront an image of a Hindu majority attempting to suppress the Muslim society. But at its very core, the problem is caused by only a few Hindu extremists, which indirectly puts the blame on the entire Hindu society. The recent #notinmyname protests that people all over the country participated in have illustrated the common anger against mob lynching. A protest that was ignited on an online platform successfully spread not only all over the country but also in foreign countries, with people calling for Muslim safety.
Mob lynching is amongst the fastest growing crimes in India and is also the hardest to trace and curb. The crime being committed by a mob makes it hard to identify and isolate the few people responsible for the crime. Rather, a mob lynching raises a question of society as a whole of being active in activities of crime, since the mob is comprised of members of the same society. The #notinmyname protests were targeted towards the very stigma related to mob lynching. Thousands of people took to the streets claiming themselves not a part of the miscreant society. A mob lynching puts each member of the society in an equally questionable state of participation in the crime. #Notinmyname demonstrated the anger against mob lynching and the concept under which it finds shelter.
Though the protests will have some effect on curbing Muslim killings, it will have a huge effect on binding society together. The active participation of people from all sections of society is the illustration of the indifference towards killings by mobs. Declaring themselves as not a part of such mobs also depicts that most people, including the Hindu majority, are not in favor of suppressing Muslims as was first thought after a brief overview of Muslim killings.
On a political level, the support extended to Hindu vigilantes will surely suffer hugely. Political aid that the vigilantes receive is usually based on the perception that they represent the Hindu majority and they need to be kept satisfied. However, with the backing of the majority taken away, political support is expected to fade away as well. With this shelter taken away, it will be a lot easier to place the guilty under legal jurisdiction and moreover, prevent the killings from happening in the first place.
Such collective efforts by society are much needed to suppress any acts of religious intolerance. The accused in such cases find protection by depicting them as a part of a section of society rather than individuals. However, if the section they claim to represent, separates itself from the motive, then the guilty can be charged and punished. The separation of the Indians from being a part of the mob responsible for Muslim killings is the exact approach. It will bring out those who are under the mask of the mob participating in human killings. A secular India, which the crowds displayed, finds no place for the shallow acts of religious conflicts.
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