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Mob lynching cases on the rise in Kerala: Compassion please come back!
On June 24, a Bengali man was beaten to death in Kerala's Kollam district for allegedly stealing a chicken, according to a Hindustan Times report. Last year, an Assamese youth was similarly thrashed to death. We Keralites need to look inwards before it's too late. Compassion please come back!

Something is terribly wrong with us Malayalees. Chants of hang, castrate, amputate fill the air as exemplary punishments to deter prospective miscreants.

It seems we have now turned into activists if not extremists. We caught an Assamese youth after a long chase in Kottayam, tied his hands and legs and left him to die in the scorching sun. No being able to withstand our pats and hugs, he died.

Something is terribly wrong with us. We probably imagined him to be a master thief bent upon looting all our homes in one go, or worse still, we took him for an international terrorist unusually lost and luckily found in our backyard.

But that was an year back. We did it again last month, when we thrashed and killed a migrant labourer from West Bengal, 50-year-old Manik Roy, whom we thought had stolen a hen. However, later it came to light that he had bought the hen along with him and not stolen it. He had no premonition that he would be beaten to death before he could cook it.

Or is something more sinister the matter with us? Are we sold on the dictum 'do it if u can manage it' and if u can get away with it do anything? Rape, loot, kill if it is dark enough; and if day break is far enough; and that is smart of you!

Is it too late to try and retrieve ourselves from the black hole in the mind into which we have deliberately dived? Let us think using whatever portion of our mind which is still not devoid of rationality. Let us recall compassion, well, whatever is left of it!

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