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Afrazul’s killing case reaches SC, top court describes incident ‘horrendous’

By Muslim Mirror Correspondent

New Delhi: The Supreme Court termed the video of a Muslim man being hacked and burnt alive at Rajsamand district in Rajasthan on December 6 last year as “horrendous”. The labourer hailing from Malda district in West Bengal was killed on video in a hate crime being spread in the name of ‘Love Jihad’.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was on Friday inclined to issue notice on the plea filed by Gulbahar Bibi, wife of 48-year-old deceased Afrazul Khan, seeking an impartial SIT probe into the dastardly murder.

Horrendous’ visuals

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“The video is horrendous,” the bench said, adding it was willing to consider the plea and issue appropriate directions.

Since the petition was drafted in a larger context of hate crimes taking place frequently in the country, the top court, therefore, asked senior advocate Indira Jaising – representing the wife of the slain labourer – to redraft it concentrating to focus on the case in question. The matter will be heared on January 29 .

Urging the bench to issue to get the video of the incident removed from social media platforms, Jaising said the video has already been seen by millions of people and a direction be issued to the Centre and the state government to ensure that it was not circulated further and withdrawn from the internet.

She also said the victims be granted their fundamental right to access to justice, as “unruly crowd has been attempting to stall the judicial process to favour the accused”.

Jaising said “unruly crowd” rush to the trial court during the proceedings in the case in support of the accused, Shambhu Lal Regar, leading to denial of access to justice to the victims.

While Afrazul was being hacked and burnt alive, the act was recorded on camera by a 14-year-old nephew of the accused, who is now in judicial custody.

Regar, after killing Afrazul, was seen on a video keeping up an inflammatory communal ranting that he did it to stop ‘Love Jihad’, a term publicised to refer to Muslim men marrying Hindu women.

In the stomach-turning video, later uploaded on social media, the accused, in a red shirt, white trousers and a white muffler, is seen threatening on camera and saying “Those who will commit love jihad will meet with the same fate”.

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