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The growing mob justice in India: 18-year old Kolkata boy beaten to death for suspected mango theft
The year 2015 was a sad year in the history of India, as a number of unpleasant incidents like the lynching of a man in UP's Dadri over allegedly storing and eating beef happened, and ended up tarnishing the image of our nation.

Many politicians might have linked the Dadri lynching incident to religion, but at its very core, it was a law and order issue, where an angry mob of misguided youth and irrationally thinking individuals, driven by extreme hatred took the law in their own hands and killed an innocent man. The man's fault? His choice of meat, which is even still not clear was beef or not. But even if it was beef, that cannot be a valid reason for ending a precious human life.

Recently, a number of cases of mob justice have made headlines putting a nation of over a billion people to shame. Moreover, the reasons over which innocent people have lost their lives in mob violence cannot be termed anything but bizarre. It is saddening that people in our country are killed over petty issues like stealing mangoes, as if to suggest that crime does not matter, but the punishment does.

In another shocking incident that surfaced in Kolkata's Thakurpur district on last Thursday, 18-year old Aniruddha Biswas was beaten to death mercilessly over suspicion of stealing mangoes. Aniruddha, who was suffering from jaundice had gone to take a stroll in a park to catch some fresh air with a friend. Two men in their 40s accused him of pelting stones at a mango tree and breaking a window pane, and started beating him up severely as the bystanders watched.

The boy had to be later admitted to a hospital after he complained of abdominal pain and was passing blood in his urine. Aniruddha succumbed to his injuries on the night of Tuesday, June 7. His was his parent's only son. Aniruddha's father, Biswajit Biswas told The Telegraph, "Why would he steal mangoes? And does someone have the strength or the will to steal a mango while running a temperature of 102 degrees?"

The doctors of the private hospital treating Aniruddha said that he had died of "internal haemorrhage". The police have arrested two people in connection with beating him up, identified as Chinmoy Sardar, popular as a hothead and Vinod Balmiki, well known as an "alcoholic" in the neighbourhood. Both men have been charged with murder, while others who had joined in beating up the boy are absconding.

It seems that both sanity and patience have gone missing from our behaviours. Whether the reasons might be psychological or frustrations driven by socio-economic factors, but we as a society have become impulsive and short-tempered. We have slowly, but steadily become intolerant towards each other. Such is the alarming state of affairs in our country now that people transporting cattle are assumed to be cow killers and dealt with in the cruelest way by sometimes being stripped naked and beaten mercilessly. A cow's life today is more precious than human life in India.

It is a big reason to worry for all of us and think about. Where is our humanity? Or we no longer remember what humanity used to mean?

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