Mothers of victims of hate crimes fight against people

Wiping her tears after crying bitterly, Fatima Nafis, mother of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed who has been missing since October 16, 2016 after his fight with some right-wing students at the campus, resolved:“We have no tears to shed now. We are here not to cry but to convey to all mothers and others not to get scared. We will fight till we get justice.”
Fatima and Saira Khan, mother of Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death by a mob while returning home in Haryana after Eid shopping in June 2017, narrated the heart-wrenching stories at a talk titled “Is India failing to safeguard religious minorities?” at Haj House on Saturday. Though grief-stricken, the two women sounded combative and exhorted Indians to rise against the culture of hate and harassment being created in the country.

“I am not educated but I educated my children with great difficulty. They assaulted Najeeb and the CBI has closed the case just to send a message that the weak should not educate their children and not speak against injustice. Let me tell them that we will not be silenced. And I call upon all Indians especially Muslims that education alone will ensure you respect and dignity,” said Najeeb’s mother.

Junaid’s mother Saira accused the cops of collaborating with the accused and trying to make the case weak. “All the six accused have been granted bail. I am running from pillar to post for justice while the murderers are on bail. The police tried to coerce me into silence, but I will not keep quiet,” declared Saira.

City Congress’s minority cell chairman and the programme’s convener Babu Khan told TOI: “We invited these two gutsy mothers because we want to send a message that the atmosphere of fear will not last long.” Student leader and the meet’s co-convener Fahad Ahmed slammed the government for failing to punish the guilty of mob lynching. Congress city president Sanjay Nirupam announced that all the cases of mob lynching will be reopened if his party came to power in 2019. “Najeeb, Junaid and families of other victims of mob lynching will get justice,” promised Nirupam.

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