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Indian Supreme Court refuses to take up mob lynchings on urgent basis

New Delhi, July 4 : As Hate crime against Muslims  soared in India since 2014, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to take up mob lynching matter on an urgent basis, and said, it would heard the matter in due course of time.Recently, the 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was assaulted by a mob in Jharkhand on suspicion of theft on June 18. He succumbed to injuries on June 22 at a local hospital. The attack had a clear communal tone as the victim was forced to say “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.

A plea was made in the Court seeking an urgent hearing into cases of mob lynching.

The U.S. Commission for International Human Rights has condemned the lynching of Ansari, observing the recognizable pattern of hate crimes against minorities . The USCIRF chairman Tony Perkins called for the Indian government to take action to prevent further violence. “We condemn in the strongest terms this brutal murder, in which the perpetrators reportedly forced Ansari to say Hindu chants as they beat him for hours.”

On June 27, a Muslim cab driver, 25-year-old Faizal Usman Khan was beaten up by a group of men at night near Mumbai, When Faizal begged for mercy, the men asked him to chant Jai Shri Ram, now a rallying cry for Hindu nationalists in the country.

Meanwhile, Congress MP, Suresh Kodikunnil has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over “Mob lynching of a suspected cattle lifter in a remote village of Tripura’s Dhalai district”.

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