New Delhi/Mumbai: Thousands of people are expected to participate in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Negaluru, Kollkata and other cities of India Wednesday June 28 to protest against targeted killing of Muslims and Dalits.
"Citizen protests will be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru, simultaneously, on Wednesday", said Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan.
The protest with the slogan "#NonInMyName" is being helmed by Saba Dewan who gave out the rallying cry. Although it was originally planned to be held only at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the idea has swept up a great deal of response online enough to be replicated across several cities after a simple post by Dewan on her Facebook page.
“Shouldn’t there be protests against the lynchings especially after the murder yesterday in Delhi NCR by a mob of a 16-year-old Muslim boy? If not now then when?
"Why wait for political formations to organize a demonstration? Why can’t all of us as citizens repulsed by the violence get together in protest at the earliest next week at Jantar Mantar under the banner – Not in my Name,” she wrote in the post.
As participants in more than cities of India plan to protest today evening, Dewan said the response reflected the “anger and grief” of the people.
“I never realized the response would be so overwhelming. Despite the debilitating violence, these protests will make us feel we are alive and spark hope,” Dewan had told agencies.
The campaign seeks to “reclaim the Constitution” and “resist the onslaught” on the right to life and equality, the Gurgaon-based documentary filmmaker said.
The protest in Delhi will be held at the Jantar Mantar at around 6pm. The family of 17-year-old Junaid - killed by a mob when he was on his way home to Ballabhgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi — will also be invited to join the demonstration, Dewan said.
Elsewhere in the country, reports of protest are also coming from Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Nanded and other parts of Maharashtra. A similar protest has been called in Dhule on Thursday June 29.