NCHRO Strongly condemn the murderous attack on Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand by “BJP-Sangh Parivar Lynch Mob”.
Cowardly attack by Sangh Parivar activists on Swamy Agnivesh in Pakur (Jharkhand) is shameful & highly condemnable. The Goons knocked off his trademark Vivekananda turban, beaten up, lay in a muddy puddle, and all but stripped him naked, pounding his ribs. This Horrific attack on 80 year old, Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand is a painful reminder that ‘Lynch Mob Mentality’ rules with abetment of BJP Govt. He’s a decent man who never meant or did harm to anybody. The attack on Swami Agnivesh who worked for decades against bonded and child labour and for empowerment of dalits and tribals reflects the rising levels of intolerance and increasing incidence of “mobocracy”.
A video of Agnivesh, being thrashed by a large crowd is currently doing rounds on social networking sites. It is neither the first nor the last attack on an activist. The silence on the vicious and systemic violence must end. This was done to send a message to all those who have not been silenced so far. It also sends a clear message that they are not bound by the Supreme Court verdicts and disagreement or dissent will be met with act of violence. Although it is all but certain that the coming year will be a test of nerves for all those who stand for safeguarding the constitution, democracy and diversity. The only answer to this madness is to fight back fearlessly, solidarity and renewed calls for justice. We will and must fight back and reclaim our nation, so that there are no more killings and no one has to leave again.