Times Editorial praises Asansol’s Imam bats for justice

Times Editorial praises Asansol’s Imam bats for justice

Hyderabad: The Editorial of Times of India praises the extraordinary gestures of the Imam of Asansol’s Nurani Mosque Imdadul Rashidi whose son was killed in the violence. “It is these finest human qualities that the Imam of Asansol’s Nurani mosque Imdadul Rashidi summoned when news of the brutal killing of his son reached him and a mob baying for revenge had assembled. Rashidi’s entreaties to his followers that any violent response would force him to leave the town and subsequently desisting from naming anyone for the crime simply because he was not an eyewitness has few parallels in an increasingly polarised society,” the Editorial reads.

Rashidi has done his duty as a responsible citizen and come to the aid of the police by preventing the mob from taking the law into its hands. The Editorial advocates that “now it is the responsibility of the Bengal government to do justice to this man. It must nab the killers and prosecute them.

The Editorial further recalls the incident of father of Ankit Saxena, whose throat was slit by his Muslim lover’s family, defused a fraught situation in Delhi, when he distanced himself from those with communal designs and reposed faith in the state to deliver him justice.

The editorial takes jibe on Government by acknowledging the recent of example of releasing Muzaffarnagar riots accused, it says “too often governments have let down victims by not doing its job as the prosecuting agency. Our legal system treats crimes against the individual as offences against the state because of the understanding that victims, owing to their weaker position, need help to bring culprits to book. Yet as we have seen in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and elsewhere, governments – often for political reasons and in defiance of the justice system – are eager to spare the accused, creating victims twice over. When tested, citizens like Rashidi and Yashpal Saxena renewed their faith in India’s secular Constitution, society’s plural values, and their own individual humanism. Let us all strive to match up.”

Siasat Web Team