Ex-CJI RM Lodha ‘Shaken’ by Brutal Killings Over Cow Protection, Love Jihad, Asks ‘do we Really Value Human Rights?’
New Delhi, Dec 11: Former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha expressed concerns over brutal killings in the name of cow protection and alleged practice of ‘love jihad’ in the country. Speaking at an event on Human Rights Day on Sunday, RM Lodha said the laxity in police action “is shaking me every day”. He further called for protection of artistic freedom in the backdrop of the raging controversy over director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati.
“In the name of cow protection, human beings were slaughtered. Cow vigilantes are mushrooming everywhere. Sedition charges are being invoked against activists. Cartoonists, actresses and students are charged with sedition charges,” the former CJI, as reported by Indian Express, said. Hitting out at those who opposed inter-religion marriages alleging ‘love jihad’, he asked: “Should religion be a factor when two adults fall in love?”
Referring to the controversy around film Padmavati, RM Lodha said a movie was an artist’s creation, but filmmakers were threatened and set destroyed. The former CJI also said that he feels the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is nothing more than a “toothless tiger” and failing to protect human rights. “Despite adequate laws, constitutional safeguards and strong judiciary, we are not able to achieve the goals of protection of human rights,” he said. “Do we really value human rights?” he asked.
On December 7, a terrifying video shook the entire nation in which Afrazul, hailing from Malda district of West Bengal, was shown being hacked to death and then set ablaze by one Shambunath Raigar. The accused — who termed the cold-blooded murder an act of revenge against “Love Jihad” — has since been arrested by Rajasthan Police.