A day before Khandawli, just on the outskirts of India’s capital, celebrated Eid, it began to mourn. A 15-year-old Junaid Khan, who was returning from Delhi with his brother and two friends after shopping for Eid, was stabbed to death on a train. “They flung our skull caps, pulled my brother’s beard, slapped us, and taunted us about eating cow meat. Beef is not even cooked in our village. Once we reached Ballabhgarh, they took out knives. They were older than us — probably in their 30s — so we couldn’t do anything,” Shaqir, Junaid’s brother, told the Indian Express.
And thus was born the #NotinMyName protest march across India. Some of these protest points are Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Dakhinapan premises in Kolkata, Civil Lines in Allahabad, Sector 17 in Chandigarh, Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur, Kargil Chowk in Patna, Tank Bund in Hyderabad, Bangalore Town Hall in Bengaluru, Promenade on the Carter Road in Mumbai, Gandhi Park in GPO in Lucknow, High Court Junction in Kochi and near the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. The protests are scheduled to be held in London, Toronto, and Boston on June 29.
On 28 September 2015 Mohammad Akhlaq’s friends and neighbours, who had eaten biryani and curry at his home on Eid three days earlier, battered him to death. What changed? The Dadri lynching was perhaps one of the most alarming incidents that shook India.
From Mohammad Akhlaq to Junaid Khan, India has changed irrevocably. The #NotinMyName protest intends to break the silence of the government on the issues that matter. If you’re in one of these cities, come along. It’s time to take a stand.