You don’t need to remain silent, you need to speak up and speak out against injustice. This is what responsible citizens do and this is what Renuka Shahane did.
The veteran actor took to Facebook to express her opinions against the mob lynching of a 16-year-old Junaid, killed for carrying beef. Shahane joined the #NotInMyName campaign against the mob lynching by posting a detailed and daring statement condemning the act and reaffirming to stand by what the Constitution of India tells. Unfortunately, many other big names from Bollywood preferred to stay mum about the issue.
The movement #NotInMyName was started by Saba Dewan, a documentary filmmaker. Muslims and Hindus joined in the protest in different cities against mob lynching of 16 year old Muslim boy. Several Bollywood celebrities like Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor took to Twitter to show solidarity with the campaign.
Many other Bollywood celebrities joined in the protest at Jantar Mantar including Shabana Azmi, Konkana Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey. The peaceful protest concluded well and finally resulted in Indian Prime Minister speaking against the issue.
Mr. Modi said in his address in Ahmedabad: “Today, when I hear that someone is killed in the name of a cow — whether he is innocent or guilty is something the law will decide — no person has the right to take the law into his own hands. I appeal to the people of the country: Violence is not a solution to the problems.”
This is the second incident where a mob killed beef eater. The problems exaggerated after Modi’s government put a beef ban earlier this year.
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