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Tamil Nadu: The land of the lawless

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I am saddened by such characterization.

Not too long ago, mob lynching was the sort of phenomenon one associated with remote villages ruled by khap panchayats, the kind that one drives past quickly on the highway and does not stop at irrespective of what one sees on the road.

It was certainly not something for which Tamil Nadu was notorious.

But the horrific beating and hanging of a homeless man in Pulicat district, on the misplaced suspicion of being a kidnapper, is the second such incident in less than 24 hours. Villagers have defended the attack, saying they believed he was North Indian, and that he had been carrying a knife.

The point is, it should not matter whether he was North Indian or was carrying knives. It should not even matter if he was genuinely a kidnapper. The mob should, at most, have held him and called the authorities to investigate.

The day before this, a group from Athimoor village in Tiruvannamalai beat a 65-year-old woman to death and critically wounded four others, again on the suspicion that they were a child-lifting gang. It turned out the five were actually in the village on a temple visit. No less than 23 people were involved in the lynching, and 67 have been secured by police for inquiry.

Some weeks ago, a North Indian man was beaten to death in Kanchipuram district.

A few days ago, an 18-year-old woman, believed to be mentally ill, was beaten up in Cuddalore district.

All these incidents have apparently been driven by fear that a gang of kidnappers has been scouring villages for children.

Why has this state descended into such lawlessness?

The fact that Tamil Nadu has been headless since months after the last election, ruled by a chief minister whom no one elected, is part of the problem. But there is something more sinister at work – the idea that the people have power, and can get away with lawlessness.

Read more at: http://www.sify.com/news/tamil-nadu-the-land-of-the-lawless-news-columns-sflnyAfhgiijj.html


[h=1]Child kidnapping video spreading panic in Tamil Nadu is actually from Pakistan[/h]
Several messages displaying pictures of young men and claiming they are child traffickers have been doing the rounds in Bengaluru too.
On Wednesday, a 65-year-old woman was lynched in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai. Her family too was brutally attacked, as the angry mob they were child traffickers.

The fake messages about 200 child traffickers entering Tamil Nadu has already cost two lives. While Rukmini was killed in Tiruvannamalai, another man named Ganesh* was killed in TN’s Thiruvallur.

The fake news has spread to Bengaluru too, with messages doing the rounds claiming that Sampigehalli police have sent out warning about child kidnappers.

Fake video

A CCTV footage of a little boy being snatched away by two motorists has been doing the rounds in TN, ‘alerting’ people about how kidnappers are operating in the city.

The video incidentally is not from India, but was an educational video made in Karachi. The video which is at least a year old was made in Pakistan to warn parents about child traffickers.

In fact, the full video shows the motorists returning with the child and holding a placard which read, "It takes only a moment to kidnap a child from the streets of Karachi. Every year, over 3000 children go missing in Karachi, Pakistan. Keep an eye on your child."
Though the original video is a 58 second one created by Roshni helpline to educate parents about unsupervised children, the video doing the rounds in TN and Bengaluru is edited to 28 seconds.

In 2017, Boom live published a story about the same video that had been doing the rounds in India. WhatsApp rumours about child trafficking further spread terror among people, resulting in 7 people being lynched in Jharkhand in May.

This is the video going viral in Tamil Nadu.

Read more at: https://www.thenewsminute.com/artic...ding-panic-tamil-nadu-actually-pakistan-81160
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