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I cannot understand how the call for the rule of law led to FIR, I am vindicated: Mukhim | India News


New Delhi: For veteran Meghalaya journalist Patricia Mukhim, the fact that a call for an end to violence against non-tribals could lead to accusations of “community discord” remains inscrutable.
“Unlike many people who were born after 1979, I saw the communal unrest, the tension, the kind of violence that was perpetrated against the non-tribal residents of Shillong, including those who have lived here for years and decades. I’ve been watching this, ”Mukhim, 68, told TOI hours after SC’s ruling overturned the FIR against him.
In 1979, seven years after Meghalaya obtained statehood, Shillong was devastated by anti-Bengali riots. In 1987, the hill town was rocked by attacks against Nepalese, in 1992 against Biharis and in 2018 against Dalit Sikhs. “It is not pleasant that people live in constant fear, that they feel like citizens of a lesser world just because they are not tribal in a state of tribal majority … I asked for the cessation of violence, I asked for the rule of law and of the human rights. And I think it was within my rights, but some people thought I was trying to create a community disharmony. ”
In July last year, six children, Arindam Deb, Subharashi Das Paspurkayastha, Saptarshi Das Purkayastha, Binak Deb, Bishal Ghosh and Prittish Deb, were beaten with rods and iron sticks while playing basketball by about 25 children, “unidentified” until the moment. . “Those who attacked apparently said that basketball is a contact sport and did not maintain social distancing. Even if that was true, they could have talked to the boys, why assault them? And so bad in the head that they suffered serious injuries, ”Mukhim said on Thursday.
In the Facebook post at the center of the controversy, she had sought accountability from Dorbar Shnong (powerful village councils in the Khasi and Garo societies), the police and the state government. “The fact that such attackers and troublemakers since 1979 have never been arrested and if they were arrested they were never punished according to the law suggests that Meghalaya has been a failed state for a long time,” he had published on July 4 of the year. last. “And what about the Dorbar Shnong in the area? Are their eyes and ears not on the ground? Are you unfamiliar with the criminal elements in your jurisdiction? Shouldn’t they lead the prosecution and identify those murderous elements? This is the time to rise above the interests of community, caste and creed and ask for justice. ”
Two days after that, the head and secretary of Lawsohtun Dorbar Shnong in Shillong, under whose jurisdiction the attack took place, filed a complaint against Mukhim saying that his position would incite “community discord”. When he approached the Meghalaya High Court to annul the FIR, it had dismissed his statement on November 10 last year.
“My position has been vindicated by the Supreme Court,” Mukhim, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000 for his social work, said Thursday. “I am very grateful that freedom of expression is protected because it is a fundamental right that we have and that is very valuable to us, firstly, as mediators and, secondly, as citizens. I can’t sit back and watch injustices happen … I have to do something. ”

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