Bollywood celebrities voice their outrage over the justification of mob lynching for the victims

Bollywood celebrities voice their outrage over the justification of mob lynching for the victims
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On Tuesday bollywood celebrities, including lyricist Javed Akhtar and director Sudhir Mishra voiced their outrage over the increasing incidents of lynching and pressed for justice for the victims

MUMBAI: On Tuesday bollywood celebrities, including lyricist Javed Akhtar and director Sudhir Mishra voiced their outrage over the increasing incidents of lynching and pressed for justice for the victims.

Mob violence had never been justified with "such shameless audacity" even at the bleakest moments in history, said Akhtar.

"Even in the days of Ku Klux Klan and slavery in USA or at the peak of White supremacist rule in South Africa no one had justified lynching with such shameless audacity," the veteran writer-lyricist said on Twitter.

Director Sudhir Mishra added, "What do those who justify lynching say to their children?"

In the latest incident, a 28-year-old man, Rakbar Khan, was allegedly lynched to death for being suspected of cow smuggling in Rajasthan's Alwar district. It is alleged that it took over two-and-a-half hours for the police to take the victim to a nearby hospital.

A high-level panel, was set up by the state police, it found four policemen guilty of dereliction in duty and suspended an assistant sub-inspector and shunted three constables to police lines.

"Cops who stand by and watch a lynching (and sometimes try to cover it up with false narratives) shouldn't they be severely punished too- instead of being just suspended or sent off to another posting. These guys are supposed to protect the innocent, not aid in their murder," filmmaker and former journalist Pritish Nandy said.

Actor-stand up comedian Vir Das tweeted, "Who does a guy have to hug to get some justice for lynching around here?"

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