Thousands across India protest against violent attacks on Muslims

 

Thousands of Indians gathered recently in several cities to protest recent violent attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims, according to media reports.

Carrying placards saying "Not in my name," the protesters decried the silence of the Hindu nationalist government in response to public lynchings and attacks on at least a dozen Muslim men and boys since it took power in 2014.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a leading commentator, this week described the lynching as "a protracted riot in slow motion."

Anjali Arondekar, a professor, visiting from California, said she had attended the Mumbai protest because "nobody seems to care anymore that a young Muslim man is being killed."

In New Delhi, thousands of people, including the elderly and parents with young children, recited sad poems and lit candles.

 

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