Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday shared a cartoon on Twitter showing a man tied to a tree with a rope and a group of other men surrounding the tree, thrashing him with sticks and kicking him. It also shows a man being forced by the mob to chant "Jai Shree Ram''.
The same cartoon also shows Lord Ram crying with folded hands to the mob, pleading ''Please not in my name''.
Last Tuesday, on June 18, a newly married man named Tabrez Ansari was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed by mob and forced to chant 'Jai Sri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' on suspicion of stealing a motorcycle at Dhatkidih village in Jharkhand.
Tabrez was beaten for more than seven hours by a mob due to which he fell unconscious and on Wednesday morning he was handed over to police. Ansari later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.
The police have arrested 11 people in connection to this lynching. The relatives of Tabrez Ansari are demanding strict action against the culprit mob and have accused the police of not treating their son properly.
In another case, Mohd Sahrukh Haldar, a 26 year old madrasa teacher alleged that he was thrashed and pushed off a moving train for not saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Thursday, June 20, while he was travelling from Canning in South 24 Parganas district to Hooghly in West Bengal.
In the wake of these harrowing incidents of lynching and mob forcing people to chant Jai Shri Ram, social media platform Twitter in India was abuzz with the hashtag #NoToJaiShriRam. The hashtag continued to be top trending on Twitter almost the entire day on Wednesday.
Here are some of the tweets expressing shock, shame and grief over the continuing attacks in the name of Lord Ram: