With just a day to go for Id-ul-Fitr, Hasib should have been preparing to adorn the family dinner table with a sumptuous spread of kebabs , biryani and desserts.
But sitting on a bed in a poorly-lit room in Khandawali village of Faridabad on Saturday, festivities to mark the end of Ramzan are the farthest on Hasib’s mind.
“How are we going to celebrate Id now? All festivities have turned into mourning for us,” said Shahbuddin, Hasib’s fellow villager.
Attacked by 15 persons
On Thursday evening, Hasib, his brother Junaid and two of their friends were mercilessly attacked by a mob of about 15 persons on a local train after a dispute broke out over a seat.
Junaid was stabbed to death at the Ballabgarh railway station while Hasib and Shakir, another brother of theirs, sustained injuries.
Junaid’s father Jalauddin, a taxi driver, lamented that none from the district administration or the Haryana government had visited them since the incident.
“Are Muslims not human beings? A teenager is killed for his religious identity. Is this a minor incident? No government official has come to us,” said Mr. Jalauddin. He said the family wanted the culprits arrested but added that “it seemed unlikely in the present circumstances.”
Source - The Hindu