Bollywood fraternity has always been vocal about the regular violent attacks and mob lynchings against minorities in India. Recently as many as 49 celebrities have collectively requested PM Narendra Modi to take action against such attacks.
The letter which has been sent by celebrities and filmmakers including Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Mani Ratnam, Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Aparna Sen and Soumita Chatterjee read as, “Dear Prime Minister, We, as peace loving and proud Indians, are deeply concerned about a number of tragic events that have been happening in recent times in our beloved country. “
Reporting the facts about crime, the letter stated, “The lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped immediately. We were shocked to learn from the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) reports that there have been no less than 840 instances of atrocities against Dalits in the year 2016, and a definite decline in the percentage of convictions. Further, 254 religious identity-based hate crimes were reported between January 1, 2009, and October 29, 2018, where at least 91 persons were killed and 579 were injured (FactChecker. indatabase (October 30, 2018).The Citizen’s Religious Hate-Crime Watch recorded that Muslims, (14% of India’s population) were the victims in 62% of cases, and Christians (2% of the population), in 14% of cases. About 90% of these attacks were reported after May 2014, when your government assumed power nationally.
Further talking about how “Jai Shri Ram” has become a war cry, the letter said, “Regrettably “Jai Shri Ram” has become a provocative ‘war-cry’ today that leads to law and order problems, and many lynchings take place in its name. It is shocking that so much violence should be perpetrated in the name of religion! These are not the Middle Ages! The name of Ram is sacred to many in the majority community of India. As the highest Executive of this country, you must put a stop to the name of Ram being defiled in this manner. “
You can read the whole 4-page letter along with celebrity names below:
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