NEW DELHI – Taking cognizance of a report filed on the mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, United Nations has asked for the details of the case in order to get more understanding of the incident which will help them to investigate it in a better way.
Activist Saket Gokhale, who had filed the report last month with OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked for help to amass those piece of information.
Sharing the screenshot of the email he received in response to his report to the UN office, Gokhale said “I’m pleased to announce that the United Nations has taken cognizance of my report on the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand by a Hindutva mob with ties to the ruling party BJP. The UN has asked me a few follow-up questions which will enable them to understand and investigate the case better”.
The UN asked him to provide with the following pieces of information related to the case: 1) what is the date of the FIR filed by the Jharkhand police? 2) Was there any other complaint filed since the FIR? If yes, when? Who filed it? 3) What was the police station in which the victim was held in custody for four days? Would you confirm that the victim was accused of stealing a motorcycle? Would you please provide us with an update with regard to the investigation, in particular, following the arrest of 11 individuals from Gatkidih and the suspension of 2 police officers? What has been the outcome of the investigation? Any hearing/ trials?
Apart from that, the UN also requires consent from the victim’s family to mention his name in the letter that they’ll send to the Government of India (and also in the report which shall be published and tabled once the letter is made public).
“If any activists or journalists have been following up on the case, I’d greatly appreciate a few pointers on some of the details,” he urged.
He exhorted the social media users that they should not merely outrage but they should act on the issue of lynching and hate crimes. “It isn’t enough anymore to merely “outrage” when minorities and Dalits face violence in this country every day. With institutional neutrality fast diminishing in our country, we cannot just raise our hands and be mere spectators,” he said.
He also targeted Narendra Modi government for failing to act against mob lynching and hate crimes. “The Modi Government must answer for its failure (rather – its tacit support) to mob lynchings of minorities and Dalits across the country. If the BJP offers ideological and institutional support to these “mobs”, they should also now get ready to provide answers to the United Nations and the international community”.
Ansari was brutally thrashed by a mob for nearly 12 hours accusing him of bike theft on June 18 and a video had emerged which purportedly clearly shows the mob repeatedly beating him and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ in Jharkhand’s Saraikela Kharsawan district.