Target: President of India Pranab Mukherjee
Goal: Urge President of India to issue public statement decrying acts of violence against Muslims who eat beef.
Mohammad Akhlaq, a 50-year-old farmer, was in bed when the mob burst through his front door and dragged him out of his home. He was taken into the street and was beaten with bricks until he was dead. According to the Washington Post, Akhlaq was beaten so forcefully that the bricks broke in the mob’s hands. His only alleged crime was that he ate beef.
Eighty percent of India’s population identify as Hindu who avoid beef for religious reasons. While Hindus account for 1.3 billion of India’s population, some 25o million Indians identify as Christians and Muslims. Akhlaq was one of 140 million Indians who identified as Muslim. In recent years, Hindu government officials have launched efforts to get Christians and Muslims to convert to Hinduism. The beef ban makes it difficult for Muslims and Hindus to live in harmony and result in attacks such as the one that Akhlaq was subjected to. Sign the petition below to demand that the perpetrators who murdered Mohammad Akhlaq be brought to justice.
Dear President Pranab Mukherjee,
Since the recent ban on beef in India, there have been many violent outbreaks that have resulted in the deaths of citizens. Most recently, an attack came moments after an announcement at a Hindu temple that Mohammad Akhlaq had slaughtered a calf.
Rumors began to spread and a mob of 1oo people banged on Akhlaq’s front door and eventually broke it down. He was dragged into the street and was beaten to death by bricks. The mob also dragged out his son and beat him, almost to death. His daughter says that the mob tried to molest her and hit her grandmother in the face. If anyone said anything to the police, Akhlaq’s daughter would be killed.
These acts of violence are unacceptable. It is horrifying that a family would be subjected to such pain and loss because they are of a different faith than the majority of people in India. It is not fair to ask someone of a different religion to follow practices that their faith does not comply with. In order to avoid further acts of violence against Muslims in India, it necessary that you make a statement decrying violence against Muslims. Furthermore, it is important that in your message you stress that Hindus and Indians of other faiths make an effort to live beside each other in peace.
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