Democracy under siege: Increasing violence against citizens, activists paints a scary picture of the days to come
Human Rights Law Network strongly condemns the August 17 attack on Swami Agnivesh in New Delhi. According to news reports, he was attacked near the BJP headquarters while on his way to pay his respects to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is a matter of great concern that this is the second such attack on the Swami in exactly a month — and goes to show rising intolerance in the country. On July 17, he was attacked in Jharkhand, allegedly by members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
With rising incidents of violence — for instance, the increasingly frequent reports of lynchings across the country and the assassination attempt on JNU student Umar Khalid merely two days before India celebrated its independence on August 15 — it is more important than ever to stand up and speak now, to raise one’s voice against hecklers and lynch mobs, and to defend India’s spirit of democracy against elements who seek to ruin it in the guise of nationalism.
The HRLN team stands united against such elements and remains committed to its goal of protecting the rights of every single Indian citizen. We hope you will join us in our fight.