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Not in my name: Rain doesn’t dampen protest in Bengaluru

Scores of people from Bengaluru gathered at Town Hall on Wednesday to protest against targeted lynchings across the country.

Scores of people from Bengaluru gathered at Town Hall on Wednesday to protest against targeted lynchings across the country.  

Despite the rain, scores of people from the city gathered at Town Hall on Wednesday to protest against targeted lynchings occurring across the country. They held up placards and banners with the words ‘Not in my name’. The protest lasted two hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., before civic authorities shut it down.

The movement was in response to the recent killing of 16-year-old Junaid in Delhi (NCR) on a suburban train for allegedly consuming beef.

One of the protesters, 25-year-old Shweta Das, said: “It was Id and he was only a child. The violence against minorities happening across the country is condemnable. What is worse is that people are not willing to accept that a particular community is being targeted. Today, it’s the Muslims. Tomorrow, it could be anyone.”

The protest saw people the participation of people from various communities, religions, castes and language backgrounds. There were banners in a number of languages, from Kannada to English to Bengali.

Karthik Venkatesh, 42, the person behind creating the Facebook event for the protest in Bengaluru, said: “Social media has enabled the huge turnout that we witnessed today. I am not sure today’s protest will create a change in the country, but it is surely a step towards making people think about what is happening.”

Amrinder Kaur, another protester, said: “People who are concerned about what is happening in the country are coming together with this protest to break their silence. Killing someone because of their religion or food habits is senseless. People need to talk about these problems in the open.”

Rashmi Sawhney, 41, who attended the protest with her adolescent son, said: “ We have been a violent society, but the recent violence is emerging with a sense of general entitlement against all kinds of minorities. It is important that people come out and raise their voice against the atrocities.”

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