Actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is known for being among the few in Bollywood with the ability to speak out against India’s social ills and this week he showed it again with an impassioned plea over the lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob in Delhi.
Not only that, he also had the perfect response to a bigoted troll who called Akhtar a “Pakistani” for speaking out.
Days after 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and beaten to death in the small town of Dadri, near Delhi, Akhtar took to his Facebook page to write this powerful and moving post.
“It’s been almost a week now since a man (husband and father) in Dadri, U.P was brutally murdered. He was dragged out of his house and in full view of his family, beaten to death by a mob. His son is in critical condition, doctors still struggling to keep him alive. His wife and daughter will probably never recover from this incident.
Reason: He was rumored to have stored and/or eaten beef. Let me repeat that. He was RUMORED to have stored and/or eaten beef.
Now, one would imagine that those who committed this crime are lunatics who have no ability to think for themselves, their lives devoid of any purpose and who therefore cling on to the lamest of reasons, or more specifically, sorriest of excuses so as to give meaning to their own existence. They should be given the harshest punishment to send a message out that this sort of kangaroo justice will not be allowed in our nation.
But will that happen?
It’s the aftermath with the routine insensitive quotes from politics leaders, some blatantly blaming the victims eating habits, others sheltering the accused, that have already started creating the blueprint for what is to follow. We’ve seen it before. Do we want to see it again?
The police sprung into action and have sent the meat from the dead victims house for Forensics!!!! Need one say more about how twisted this is beginning to get.
The point of this post is that another thing will be routine – the silence of the peace loving citizen. But this is NOT the time to remain silent. What has happened once can surely happen again and unless we, the people, do not unite in demanding immediate action, this is going to turn into a circus with all the usual suspects having a go at each other, trying to score PR points. There are serious implications if justice is not swift and exact.
During this week, another Gandhi Jayanti has passed us by. I know one family in UP that must wonder what happened to the principles that he built this nation on. Indians killing Indians killing Indians. Let’s face it. His memory has been completely dishonoured. Let us not allow the Dadri incident ever to be forgotten or repeated. Jai Hind.”
Whilst scores of Social Media users praised Akhtar, some took offence.
One woman, Pratima Nithin, took offence to Akhtar’s post, commenting: “Yesterday you were crying so hard for Dadri case. Your brother has killed his kid for not wearing his burqa while eating. Any words you Pakistani Akhtar?”
The ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’ star had the perfect riposte to the troll: “Yes. I hope he rots in jail…Which he will…and I hope you grow a brain. Which I doubt you will. But all the best.”
Sheer class we say!