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Mob Attack in India Highlights Broader Violence

A video captures a mob beating up an elderly activist. He falls to the ground with his clothes awry as young men rain blows down on him. Such attacks are horrifying, but sadly not unusual in India. Expand Swami Agnivesh, a Hindu human rights activist from India holds the certificate of the Right Livelihood Award commonly known as the Alternative Nobel Prize following the prize giving ceremony in Stockholm December 9, 2004. © 2004 Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay WR/MD Swami Agnivesh, a 78-year-old Hindu monk who has long promoted social causes including the rights of Dalits (formerly “untouchables”) and the abolition of bonded labor, was recently attacked in Jharkhand state. Agnivesh said after the attack that he was targeted by two youth wings of the state’s governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “They alleged that I was speaking against Hindus,” he said. The BJP, which leads the central government in India as well as in several states, campaigns on the promise of good governance and development, but includes members of groups that militantly promote a Hindu nationalist ideology. In recent years, groups affiliated with the BJP have attacked Muslims and Dalits over allegations of illegally trading in cows or beef. They have forced Christian groups and Dalits to “re-convert” to Hinduism. They have attacked journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists. Their leaders have frequently enjoyed political patronage, and some even hold political office themselves. The use of organized mobs to express “offended” sentiment with violence has undermined the rule of law in places, with scores of people beaten, even killed, in attacks that the Indian media has described as “lynchings.” On Tuesday, the Supreme Court condemned these “horrendous acts of mobocracy,” and called upon the government to enact new legislation to tackle the growing problem. BJP leaders said there was no nee

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هذه الصفحة هي مجرد قاریء تلقائي للأخبار باستخدام خدمة الـ RSS و بأن نشر هذه الأخبار هنا لاتعني تأییدها علی الإطلاق.
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