Spate of lynching incidents worry church people in India

Hindu nationalists said to be responsible for fatal attacks but enjoy impunity thanks to support inside ruling BJP

Spate of lynching incidents worry church people in India
Indian police try to disperse Muslims demonstrators during a rally in protest of a mob lynching in Jharkhand state on July 5. (AFP Photo)

ucanews.com reporter India July 23, 2019

Church leaders in India have concerns of further civilian unrest after mob attacks killed eight people in three separate incidents over the weekend.

In the latest incident on July 20, a group of more than 10 men beat and killed four people — two men and two women — in the Gumla district of Jharkhand state.

The four deceased, all aged between 60 and 65, came from three different families.

Local media, quoting unnamed sources, said the fatal beatings were handed out after leaders of the local village assembly (panchayat) met and found the victims guilty of practicing black magic.

In a similar incident the day before, three people were beaten to death by a mob in the Saran district of the neighboring state of Bihar. Police said the perpetrators claimed that they had attempted to steal a buffalo, something denied by the victims’ families.

Two of the three died at the scene while the third died on the way to hospital, said Police Superintendent Har Kishore Rai.

In the third incident a 55-year-old man was lynched in the Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly stealing and killing peacocks — killing India’s national bird is a criminal offense.

Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, said mob lynching was evidence of “a dangerous path” to which the nation was being pushed. “It is not people generally,” Archbishop Cornelio said. “In most cases it is local goons and fanatic Hindu groups who are involved in such violence,” he said.

Christian leaders claim hard-line Hindu groups that engage in such violence enjoy impunity because the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that runs the country supports their ideology of making India a nation of Hindu upper-caste supremacy.

“Many of them have the backing of the political party in power and thus police find it difficult to effectively act against them,” the archbishop said.

“Unless the government takes serious steps to break this vicious circle, the country will move into anarchy.”

Nor is the government always shy of betraying where its sympathies lie. Jayant Sinha, the-then federal Aviation Minister in the previous BJP-led national government, last year garlanded and congratulated eight people convicted in the killing of a Muslim meat trader inside his own home in Jharkhand.

Bishop Paul Alois Lakra, of Gumla in Jharkhand state, said the government should “take stern action against those taking the law into their hands in the name of cow protection, black magic or any other reason.”

The bishop, in whose diocese four people were killed on suspicion of black magic, told ucanews.com that some people from the indigenous communities “practice witchcraft due to ignorance.”

“Killing them on the street solves no problems,” said Bishop Lakra, himself a member of the Ora on tribe. “The ignorant need to be educated. There is no excuse for killing people in the name of such practice.”

An average of 156 people, mostly women and children, are killed each year across India after being accused of witchcraft, according to government statistics.

Data from the National Crime Records Bureau, taken from police records, show that between 2000 and 2016 more than 2,500 people were killed in witch hunts.

Rights activists say the actual number could be much higher as many cases are not reported to police or are reported wrongly to save those involved.

Bishop Lakra said education and guidance led to tribal Christian communities dropping black magic long ago. “But that is not the case with non-Christian tribal people in the area,” he said.

Most mob-lynching cases in recent years have been motivated by defense of cows, a revered animal for orthodox Hindus.

Since the BJP came to power in 2014 cow-related violence has increased — at least 44 people were killed in such attacks between 2015 and 2018, according to Human Rights Watch.

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  • sam555sardana@rediffmail.com'
    samir sardana
    August 28, 2019, 11:16 pm

    The Dindoo Hindoos have prescribed a process for killing cows

    https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Gau-Maiya.htm

    What does the Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo scripture say, “about how to kill a cow”?

    …Turn the “animal’s feet northwards”. Make its “eyes go to the Sun”, dismiss its breath to the wond, its life to the space, its hearing to the directions, its body to the earth. In this way the Hotar (priest) connets it with these world. Take off the “entire skin without cutting it”.

    “Before opening the navel tear out the omentum”. Stop its breathing within (by stopping its mouth). Thus the Hotar puts breath in the animals. Make of its “breast a piece like an eagle”, of its “arms” (two pieces like) two hatchets, of its “forearms” (two pieces like) two spikes, of its shoulders (two pieces like) two “kashyapas” (tortoises),

    its “loins should be unbroken” (entire); make of its “thighs”(two pieces like) two shields, of the two kneepans (two pieces like) two oleander leaves; take out its “twenty-six ribs” according to their order;”preserve every limb” of its in its integrity. Thus he benefits all its limbs. Dig a ditch in the earth to hide its excrements. [Aitareya Brahman, Book 2, para 6]

    How to “divide and eat a cow”, after sacrifice (“Gomaye Vasate Lakshm” -Amma!)

    Now follows the “division of the different parts” of the sacrificial animal (among the priests). We shall describe it. The “two jawbones” with the tongue are to be given to the Prastotar; the “breast” in the form of an eagle to the Udgatar; the “throat” with the palate to the Pratihartar; the “lower part of the right loins” to the Hotar; the left to the Brahma; the “right thigh” to the Maitravaruna; the left to the Brahmanuchhamsi; the right side with the shoulder to the Adhvaryu; the left side to those who accompany the chants; the “left shoulder” to the Pratipasthatar; the” lower part of the right arm” to the Neshtar; the “lower part of the left arm” to the Potar; the “upper part of the right thigh” to the Achhavaka; the left to the Agnidhra; the upper part of the right arm to the Aitreya; the left to the Sadasya; the “back bone and the urinal bladder”” to the Grihapati (sacrificer); the right feet” to the Grihapati who gives a feasting; the “left feet” to the wife of that Grihapati who gives a feasting; the “upper lip” is common to both, which is to be divided by the Grihapati.

    They offer the “tail of the animal to wives”, but they should give it to a Brahmana; the “fleshy processes” (maanihah) on the neck and ” one half of the fleshy part on the back “(vaikartta) to the Unnetar; the other half of the fleshy part on the neck and the “left lobe”(Kloma) to the Slaughterer (Shamita), who should present it to a Brahmana, if he himself would not happen to be a Brahmana.

    The “head is to be given to the Subrahmanya”, the “skin” belongs to him (the Subrahmanya), who spoke, Svaah Sutyam (to morrow at the Soma Sacriice); that part of the sacrificial animal at a Soma sacrifice which beloings to Ilaa (sacrificial food) is common to all the priests; only for the Hotar it is optional. All these portions of the sacrificial animal amount to “thirty-six single pieces”, each of which represents the paada (foot) of a verse by which the sacrifice is carried up…”

    This division of the sacrificial animal “was invented by Rishi Devabhaaga, a son of Srauta”. When he was departing from this life, he did not entrust (the secret to anyone). But a supernatural being communicated it to Girija,the son of Babhru. Since his time men study it [Aitareya Brahman, Book 7, Para 1, Translated by Martin Haug]

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  • sam555sardana@rediffmail.com'
    samir sardana
    August 28, 2019, 11:25 pm

    Y do Hindoos kill Beef eaters and Gau Mata killers ? Rama himself killed deer and are deer meat and drank liquor ! Book II : Ayodhya Kanda – Book Of Ayodhya Chapter[Sarga] 52 तौ तत्र हत्वा चतुरः महा मृगान् | वराहम् ऋश्यम् पृषतम् महा रुरुम् | आदाय मेध्यम् त्वरितम् बुभुक्षितौ| वासाय काले ययतुर् वनः पतिम् || २-५२-१०२ Having hunted there four deer, namely Varaaha, Rishya, Prisata; and Mahaaruru (the four principal species of deer) and taking quickly the portions that were pure, being hungry as they were, Rama and Lakshmana reached a tree to take rest in the evening. Book II : Ayodhya Kanda – Book Of Ayodhya Chapter [Sarga] 52 suraaghaTasahasreNa maamsabhuutodanena cha | yakshye tvaam prayataa devi puriim punarupaagataa || 2-52-89 “Oh, goddess! After reaching back the city of Ayodhya, I shall worship you with thousand pots of spirituous liquor and jellied meat with cooked rice well prepared for the solemn rite.”

    – See more at: http://southasiajournal.net/the-violence-of-faith-this-documentary-perfectly-depicts-the-plight-of-victims-of-beef-lynchings-in-india/#page-1

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  • sam555sardana@rediffmail.com'
    samir sardana
    September 13, 2019, 10:01 am

    Why do Hindoos not eat beef ? dindooohindoo

    As per Hindoo scriptures – eating beef is good for the brain !

    Brihadaranyak Upanishad 6/4/18 suggests a ‘super-scientific’ way of giving birth to a super intelligent child. It says,

    "If a man wishes that a son should be born to him who will be a famous scholar, frequenting assemblies and speaking delightful words, a student of all the Vedas and an enjoyer of the full term of life, he should have rice cooked with the meat of a young bull or of one more advanced in years and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then they should be able to beget such a son."

    SAMPLE THE HYPERSONIC TRAIN MADE BY THE HINDOOS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3YofftHjvg
    http://www.indianewschannels.com/abp-news/barmer-train-engine-fails;-passengers-push-it-to-the-station/302387.html

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