‘Stop stereotyping and killing us’. Manipur Muslim students protest in Delhi

The Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students(DAMMS) has called for a mass protest gathering at Delhi University in association with other students organizations against the mob lynching and stereotyping of Pangals(Manipuri muslims) on Monday. Muhammed Farooque Khan, aged 26, MBA graduate and a proprietor of a successful startup company – Palem Foods Pvt Ltd was brutally mob lynched and killed on 13th September.

The incident came to the light on the public when the perpetrators uploaded numbers of pictures and violent video clips of lynching Muhammed Farooque on the Facebook. Those videos clearly suggest an evidence that the lynching was an organized and planned murder. The evidences are: he was even denied a sip of water in his last breath. There were none to stop the mob in their brutal attempt to kill him in the open ground. He was seemingly put under and tortured in the custody for many hours and dragged out to the open ground and finished him off later in the presence of police. From the video it is heard,’ “these all are Pangals (Muslim), killing them all is the only solution for peace in Manipur”.

The protest gathering is organizing in association with the following organizations: SIO, MSAD, CFI, ZSUD, MS F, NESA, MSAA, NSUD, BAPSA, SFI, NEFIS, AISA, JSF, CPDM, YFDA, PU, MMD, NESSDU, NSUI, MEEM, PRF

Statement from the Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students(DAMMS)

DAMMS strongly condemns the brutal and inhuman mob lynching of Md Farooque Khan in Tharoijam village, under Patsoi police station, Imphal West, Manipur on the 13th of September, 2018. Md Farooque Khan, aged 26 is an MBA and a proprietor of a successful startup company – Palem Foods Pvt Ltd. On the wee hour of the 13th September, the inhuman mob of Tharoijamlynched Md Farooque khan on an unestablished accusation of vehicle theft. The incident came to the light on the public when the perpetrators uploaded numbers of pictures and violent video clips of lynching Md Farooque on the Facebook. Those videos clearly suggest an evidence that the lynching was an organised and planned murder. The evidences are: he was even denied a sip of water in his last breath. There were none to stop the mob in their brutal attempt to kill him in the open ground. He was seemingly put under and tortured in the custody for many hours and dragged out to the open ground and finished him off later in the presence of police. From the video it is heard,’’ these all are Pangals (Muslim), killing them all is the only solution for peace in
Manipur’’.

This horrific and mind-boggling incident puts us into the horrific memories of numerous unjustified mob lynching against Pangals in the last few years.

1. On the 12th April 2013, Md Sana of Phoudel, Thoubal was lynched by a mob of Yairipok Khoirom when he went there to meet his girlfriend.

2. On the 17th March 2015, a mentally challenged youth Md Lukuman, 27 of Thoubal Moijing was accused of being a thief and lynched by a mob of Heingang Ahallup.

3. On the 2nd nov 2015, a headmaster of a Govt. primary school Md Hasmad Ali aka Babu, 55 of Keirao was lynched by a mob of Uchekon over the allegation of stealing a cow.

4. On the 7th April 2016, two young boys Mohd Sadam and Mohd Farook of Lilong were lynched by a huge mob of Mayang Imphal over the allegation of ‘trying’ to steal a vehicle.

5. On the 14th August 2016, two brothers from Hayellabuk named Md Qudush Khan and Md Firoj, Thoubal were attempted to be lynched at Khangabok on their way to Moreh. And Md Qudush Khan, aged 25 succumbed to death.

6. In December 2017, a mentally challenged person called Khullakpam Ibocha was lynched by a mob in Poiroukhongjil Yairipok on an unestablished theft case.

7. On the 27th February 2016, a class nine student of Slopeland public school called Md Rafique, 15 of Sora Ching Wangma , Thoubal district was lynched by a mob of Irengband while herding cattle.

DAMMS collectively urge the media house to maintain the professional ethics of journalism and to sensitize the entire issue. It is unfortunate that the fourth pillar of the democracy viz media; the state media has continuously failed to report the incident in an unbiased manner. Every time when such incidents happen, the media houses miserably succumbed to their servile practice of the dominant chauvinistic narratives. Such a problematic attitude of media houses has been an impactful agent of the social condition of stereotyping and communalism in Manipur.

We also can’t deny the larger role of stereotyping and prejudice against Pangals (Manipuri Muslim) as ‘thieves’ which has been plaguing the Manipuri society for long. Since the Pangals don’t have an organized political and economic power, the most backward community has not been in the position to have any medium of making up a counter-narrative based on reason and truths against the dominant and oppressive narratives. We highly condemn and question the idea of cultural chauvinism and communal chivalry. Further, we are very much critical of the future that might be built upon this false chivalry and chauvinism against our civilization of social cohesion. This impunity to kill without question is somehow generated and sustained through this communal chivalry and chauvinism. For instance, a person can simply be killed in the name of thieve among the Pangals in Manipur. The notion of stigmatization and stereotypical prejudice that is being attached to the minorities like “san huranba”, “guli chaba”, “gari huranba” are the political tools to subjugate and exploit the oppressed and marginalized.

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In many instances in the videos, there has been repeated provocation of killing pangals as the solution for a peaceful Manipur. The videos clearly prove our point that the lynching of Md Farooque khan was a clear case of hatred against Pangals community and a byproduct of a long servile stereotyping attitude of majority community against Pangals.

We are also saddened to hear that a Meitei CSO called ‘MESIA’ ( Meitei youth front, south-east Asia) in its Facebook post openly defending and giving their advocacy to mob lynching and provoke communal hatred, trying to divide the people of Manipur on the grounds of ‘pangals vs meiteis’. Such chauvinistic organizations must be instantly banned by the state government.

DAMMS strongly believes in the social cohesion and secular credentials of the civilization of Manipur. Nothing can bogged down us in coming up as a strong flag-bearer of a united and peaceful Manipur. DAMMS calls for the unity of all the sections of the progressive institutions against hatred, communalism, stereotyping, chauvinism, prejudice and oppression. DAMMS prays for the end of all forms of hate crime and mob lynching in this soil.

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