Thousands across Delhi and several other cities gathered on Wednesday in support of the social media spurred campaign ‘Not in my name’ to protest the recent spate of lynchings of Muslims and attacks on Dalits. Horrified by the brutal murder of a 15-year-old Muslim boy, Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan posted a message on Facebook calling for a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday evening. Protests were also held in London, Toronto, Karachi and Boston.

“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,” Dewan in her first post.

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Bengaluru protest

Protests at Delhi

Protests in Mumbai

Veteran actor Girish Karnad

Big Crowd in Bengaluru


Konkona Sen joins Protest

Murder of Junaid is the latest in a series of lynchings that started in September 2015, when an ironsmith named Mohammed Akhlaq was murdered in his home in the Uttar Pradesh area of Dadri by a mob that accused him of storing beef in his fridge.