In Bhopal: 'Not in My Name' protest against lynchings

The 'Not in My Name' protests, being held across the country against the alleged lynching of people in the name of protection of cow and alleging possession and consumption of beef reached Bhopal ...

BHOPAL: July 8, 2017: The 'Not in My Name' protests, being held across the country against the alleged lynching of people in the name of protection of cow and alleging possession and consumption of beef reached Bhopal on Friday (July 7, 2017) with a large group of people from the state capital holding demonstration at the Board Office crossing.

The demonstrators, carrying banners with slogans "No more lynching", "We unite for peace", "No more hatred", "We are one", gathered at the Board Office bus stand for about two and half hour to forge unity and inform people about the campaign urging them to spread values of peace and brotherhood.

The demonstration was organised by several organisations including All India Secular Forum. 

The demonstrators, including people from all walks of life and age groups, came out to raise their voice against violence and appealed for peaceful coexistence.

Addressing the participants L.S. Herdenia, National convener of the Forum said mob violence should not be resorted to. It should not be a part of a civilized society. Those who spread hatred should know that it is always counterproductive and ultimately results in weakening a nation particularly a nation like ours whose foundation is based on secularism and democracy. Herdenia recalled that President Pranab Mukherjee is among those who have expressed serious concern over the mob violence in the country.

Poet Rajesh Joshi, who recited his poems said, "Peace loving citizens of the county need to take a stand against such incidents before it gets too late. The country is being divided on communal grounds, and the situation is very close to fascism. The sooner we rise against this kind of communal violence the better it will be for us. It is high time we end the violence in the name of religion and community."

The campaign gained impetus in Delhi and Mumbai, along with many other major cities of India, Bhopal being a city with a lot of cultural diversity also decided to take it forward.

Social activist Kokila Bhattacharya said, "Bhopal is home to a lot of communities and we decided to do this campaign before any such incident happens here. It is a pro-active approach to unite people." Another citizen Upasana Behar said the campaign that spread through social media has found a lot of support all over India. She said, "This is a mob standing against mob violence in the country. We are all free citizens of the country and all of us have equal rights. We aim to remove the fear that has crept in the hearts of the minorities and wish to make the country safe for all."

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