Demanding a court-monitored investigation into hate crimes
By now most of us have seen the chilling video of a man in red shirt and white pants killing a poor labourer from behind. He hacks him with an axe, pours petroleum on him and burns him alive.
It’s sickening to the core. Can there be anything more pathetic than that? Unfortunately, yes.
There is a very high chance that the government and the pro-govt media will do everything they can to get the murderer out of the jail, and will even get him a job, as they have done in the past. The problem is not the murderer alone, it’s the system that incentivises hate attacks and extra-judicial murders.
So many of us have been protesting against this government sponsored hate apparatus but it has all fallen on deaf years so far. We consulted a few lawyers and we were told that the only option now left is to get the Supreme Court to intervene and order a court-monitored investigation.
Yes, Justice is important. But at the moment, Mohammad Afrazul’s family also needs some immediate relief. The West Bengal govt has already announced an amount of 3 Lakh rupees but we feel that is not enough, given the scale of tragedy. The unskilled labourer had gone to the field with his killer to earn some money for the wedding of the youngest of his three daughters.
We are looking to raise 50 lakh rupees for his family. (Let’s send out a strong message: We don’t want our governments to give us charity, we want them to give us justice… money we can manage ourselves.)
JANTA KI LADAI, JANTA KE PAISON SE #SupportJignesh
What’s happening in Gujarat is unprecedented. The influx of young energy has turned the public opinion upside down; this is the first time in two decades that the BJP is facing a real challenge. So who really gets the credit for this turn-around?
We do – the people of this country who come out fighting each time we are pushed against the wall.
One of the key pillars of our movement is Jignesh Mevani who is mobilising Dalits across Gujarat to assert themselves against years of mob-rule.
Winning the Gujarat election is important, but more important than that is the autonomy and complete freedom of the movement, which can only happen if the Dalit movement stays away from political or corporate funding. Which means the onus is on you and me to raise the funds that our movement needs!
The ball is now in our court. Click here to contribute or read Jignesh Mevani’s appeal.
It’s not easy to publish fact-finding reports on businessmen close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta has decided to do it himself. Because he knows WE, the people of this country, WILL stand right behind him. Support his crowdfunding campaign by making a contribution and sharing it with people who you trust.
Paranjoy is seeking financial support for a series of multi-media, multi-language projects that are currently in different stages of execution:
– The intersection of race, caste and class in contemporary India
– The different aspects of the agrarian crisis in India
– The decrepit state of public health-care in India and the corruption in the country’s medical education system
– The funding of politicians, political parties and election campaigns
– Impact of demonetisation on the political economy of India
– Whistleblowers and whistleblowing in India
– Countering fake news in India
This is How We are Fighting Back
Yes 2017 was a difficult year for us as a society. People have lost jobs, the economy has crumbled, mobs have taken to the streets, Dalits, Muslims and other minorities face oppression regularly… yet, as a society, we have chosen to fight back our fears with love. As some of you may know, CrowdNewsing is India’s first community of individuals like you and me that helps change-makers, journalists and activists mobilise their supporters online to raise funds for their projects. And we are beginning to make serious impact. When Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani decided to take the electoral plunge, he had no organisation, no booth level workers – not even… Read More
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