6 outrageous statements by BJP about Muslim man's murder over eating beef

Published: October 2, 2015
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Mohammad Akhlaq’s relatives mourn his death in the Bisara village of Uttar Pradesh. PHOTO: AFP

Mohammad Akhlaq’s relatives mourn his death in the Bisara village of Uttar Pradesh. PHOTO: AFP

The brutal murder of an Indian Muslim man, Muhammad Akhlaq, on Monday after rumours that he and his family had consumed beef sparked widespread outrage.

However, leaders of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have tried to trivialise the incident by responding to it with these six outrageous statements.

1. “An accident”

Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma termed the reprehensible incident an ‘accident’. “This (incident) should be considered as an accident without giving any communal colour to it,” he said.

The BJP MP from Noida also tried to shift the blame on the victims by pointing out that the two other families who lived with the victim’s family were not attacked.

“About 10-12 houses of other community are in the outlying part of the village but no incident concerning them has happened. I feel this incident occurred due to some misunderstanding and the law should truthfully act against whoever is responsible for it.”

Read: Mob rule: Muslim man lynched for ‘eating beef’ in India

2. “Be a victim and maintain silence”

BJP MP Tarun Vijay went a step ahead and said that the responsibility to maintain peace did not rest with the Hindu community.

“Why responsibility to keep peace and maintain calm is always put on the Hindus alone? Be a victim and maintain silence in face of assaults!!” tweeted the former editor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) weekly in Hindi, Panchajanya.

3. “Mob consisted of innocent children”

Another BJP leader, Nawab Singh Nagar, termed the mob that beat the Muslim man to death as ‘innocent children’.

“If anybody was consuming cow meat then that is wrong,” said Nagar, adding that “innocent kids” who allegedly killed Akhlaq were “children barely 10-15 years old”.

4. “Arrest cow slaughterers instead”

Another local BJP leader Vichitra Tomar was more concerned about the sentiments of the Hindu community than that of the family of the victim. Instead of punishing the mob, he called for cow slaughterers to be arrested, although there is not much proof that a cow was actually slaughtered.

“The police have arrested innocent people. We also demand legal action against those people who are engaged in cow slaughter as it is hurting Hindu sentiments,” he said.

5. “Some people (just) got agitated”

BJP district president Thakur Harish Singh tried to excuse the actions of the mob and was more interested in the police investigation on whether beef was consumed by the victim’s family or not.

“The locals gave samples of meat to the police but they (the cops) did not take it seriously. Then some people got agitated,” he said on Tuesday, suggesting that the “agitation” was justified.

Read: BJP slaps beef ban in Kashmir

6. “This happens every day”

Shrichand Sharma, vice-president of BJP’s western UP unit, spoke to The Indian Express and offered an alternative theory for the 52-year-old man’s murder.

“The man did not die because of the injuries but because of shock when someone (wrongly) told him his son was dead. This happens every day. When we hurt people’s sentiments, such clashes take place. This was not a communal riot. The Hindu community worships cows. Whose blood won’t boil if they see cow slaughter?”

Instead of focusing on bringing the perpetrators to book, the BJP leader blamed the local police for not registering an FIR after reports of the alleged cow slaughter and called for a meeting of the administration, district magistrate and other officials on the matter.

“From Friday, we will go from village to village and mobilise people. We will not tolerate harassment.”

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Point
    Oct 2, 2015 - 7:16PM

    RACIST INDIA!!Recommend

  • just_someone
    Oct 2, 2015 - 7:17PM

    Shining India!
    Haha, and they claim that they are becoming a ‘power’
    Without a civilized population, you will stay what you are, a poor, uneducated, backward, racist, sexist, discriminatory land that steals the rights of millions of minorities, esp those in Kashmir.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 2, 2015 - 8:11PM

    So grateful for Pakistan, Alhamdulillah.Recommend

  • stranger
    Oct 2, 2015 - 8:46PM

    No India Comment yet.
    This the real Face of Secular India. Though such stupid incidents do take place in Pakistan too however No elected representative or even a Hard core Mullah may it be from Jamat e Islami or Jamiat Ullman e Islam can dare condoning or defending such inhumane act.
    In a way I am happy that Indian political leadership by giving such statements in the favour of Such Barbaric acts, show their real face to Neo Liberals/Liberal Facists of Pakistan who are always in favour of Aman ki Asha. Recommend

  • Milind
    Oct 2, 2015 - 9:42PM

    @Point – “RACIST INDIA!!”

    Hope you now have an idea, what your minorities (Hindus, Ahmadis) go through daily and will empathize with them. Unlike your country, this doesn’t happen on a daily basis in India.Recommend

  • Shaine
    Oct 2, 2015 - 11:36PM

    @Milind:
    Even thought such stupid events do take place in Pakistan as well. But no ELECTED representation would dare to justify such brutal acts unlike the Indian ultra extremist parties like BJP. So, instead of dragging Pakistan into minorities issues better takecare of your UNSECULAR INDIA!Recommend

  • Maindak
    Oct 3, 2015 - 12:02AM

    Some cows had been stolen in the area and that is why they got so agitated when they heard that this family had been eating beef. They assumed that they had stolen the cows. I am no fan of Hindu extremists but the media should look at every angle.Recommend

  • Romm
    Oct 3, 2015 - 12:23AM

    @Milind:
    Naive, Funny, and Devoid of Substance!Recommend

  • Anon
    Oct 3, 2015 - 3:14AM

    True face of India coming out in front of the world. Secular shinning India? Lol Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 3, 2015 - 3:44AM

    This is nothing compared to what blasphemy accused faces in Pakistan where the mob and the state both are against minorities.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Oct 3, 2015 - 4:44AM

    All Indians should protest this murder of an innocent man. BJP should know it is citizens of Indian who put them in power and they can take power away fast as they did with congress. There is no justification of this murder.Recommend

  • Gary
    Oct 3, 2015 - 6:14AM

    @Shaine: When did you ever have a free and fair elections to ELECT anyone? If you feel so strongly for them why not invite them over? Recommend

  • Indian Hindu
    Oct 3, 2015 - 9:53AM

    Right Wing Elements world over have exploited situation and spewed venom, hatred to further their intolerant ideologies. Some elements work in group or some work in solo, like the one in recent shooting in school in USA. It is for civilised world and Governments of that land to take stern action against not just perpetrator of crime but also people supporting such inhuman, coward and hate filled acts.Indian PM till now has been freely at drop of black topi tweeting on silly things, but has shown complete dumb silence in this instant. World media is watching such double speak by Indian PM , which damages India’s stature as future Global power , based on Digital India, Make in India..Blah Blah…!! Loud slogans neds to be backed by some action on ground by PM modi.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Oct 3, 2015 - 10:16AM

    @Shaine:
    >Even thought such stupid events do take place in Pakistan as well. But no ELECTED representation would dare to justify such brutal acts

    Such brutal acts like religious persecution are part of legal framework of Pakistan and this can not come about without the support of a whole load of elected representators.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Oct 3, 2015 - 10:26AM

    Before 1950, Indian Muslim were free to settle in Pakistan. After signing water treaty with India, Pakistan stopped accepting muslims from India even though every Indian Muslim have same right to Pakistan as any Pakistani. Pakistan should start accepting Indian Muslim who are not comfortable in India. West Germany did it for East Germans and today even South Korea does it for North Korean. Indian Muslim are in pain right now and Pakistan should open up for them. This is the only solution for plight of Indian Muslim. Many times, figures are given on how much poverty India has. Most of them are Muslim.Recommend

  • Average Indian
    Oct 3, 2015 - 10:56AM

    I am appalled and ashamed and completely disgusted by the entire episode.Recommend

  • stranger
    Oct 3, 2015 - 1:32PM

    @ajeet:
    News item from Express Tribune and Tweets by Elected representatives are simple Answer to your blind folded comments.
    Kindly read Tweet by Tweet! Recommend

  • romm
    Oct 3, 2015 - 3:21PM

    @Kamal:
    I agree with you. I will suggest a step Further. We should even accept Christians, Jains, Buddhists and Hindus of scheduled casts as Quaid never envisaged theocratic Pakistan.
    I am sure the counter Argument would be that there are incidents also in Pakistan where people are killed on the pretext of Blasphemy due to indoctrination carried out by General Zia school of Hypocrisy in 1980s.
    Honestly speaking, Pakistani Authorities never condone such Barbaric act and in Pakistan I have never heard such statements from the member of even a small religious outfit the way elected members of Indian parliament have Tweeted.
    We have the recent examples of Kasur and Sheikhpura, where perpetrators of such heinous crime are behind bar and community which targeted Christian couple in Kasur are unable to settle back due to the fear of reprisal from State.Recommend

  • sagheer
    Oct 3, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Thank God i am in Pakistan and not in So called seculer INDIA.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 3, 2015 - 8:14PM

    Rock star India…wow I’m a dreamy Rock star..See me Shining..I’m so cool and macho…I am from Macho India and I have broad chest.

    This is what they are desperate to be…and end up annoying the world by their instinctively annoying actions. Wow macho rock star.Recommend

  • Azi
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:28AM

    @Average Indian:

    Only if you people paid a little more attention to self instead of constant pakistan obsession you actually might be better off Recommend

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