NEW DELHI: A Facebook post by a documentary filmmaker Saba Dewan against the killing of a 16-year-old has led to a powerful online campaign, with protest marches being organised in five cities across the country.
Stage set for protests in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru.
Activists from various social organisations hit the streets, gather at Tank Bund on the banks of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad against lynching across India.
As silence talks better and louder than words, therefore only silent protest is being observed and no slogan shouting either against mob killing.
Several volunteers display copies of the Indian Constitution to assert their right to freedom.
Police officials in Hyderabad try to stop protesters from holding placards or banners
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Saba Dewan condemning the lynching of 16-year-old Junaid and four others on board a Mathura-bound train had written a post on Facebook.
“I simply created an event on Facebook,” she said. “A lot of like-minded people have joined us now,” said the filmmaker.
Journalists keep asking me what do you hope to achieve by this protest? I correct them. It is not I any longer. I am…
“After Akhlaq’s murder (Mohammad Akhlaq who was killed in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that there was beef in his house), there was a spate of award wapsi by people from all walks of life. The move was significant. But after that, there have been no street demonstrations and mass protests,” Saba said.
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The campaign sought to “reclaim the Constitution” and “resist the onslaught” on the right to life and equality, the Gurugram-based documentary filmmaker said.
Bollywood actors Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Jim Sarbh joins the protest in Mumbai.