Adivasi arrested for posting 'Right to eat beef'

Jeetrai Hansda, a professor at the Government School and College for Women, Sakchi, in Jharkhand was arrested against the complaint filed for posting a comment on Facebook in 2017. In the alleged post, he asserted that the adivasi community in India has had a long tradition of eating beef and ceremonial cow sacrifice. It is their democratic and cultural right to consume the meat. The post also said that they oppose India’s laws on eating beef and that his community also consumes peacocks, the country’s national bird. He also expressed his unwillingness to follow Hindu customs. The complaint against the post was filed by communal organisation Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad. ABVP demanded the University in which he was working to expel him and accordingly the victim was stopped from coming to the University and was suspended from government college. In a reaction to this, the chief of Majhi Pargana Mahal, a body that works for the preservation of adivasi traditions wrote to the vice-chancellor of the University saying that that an accurate representation of a community’s traditions cannot possibly harm the dignity of the university and neither does it promote enmity between communities. The letter then goes on to explain the various customs and traditions of the adivasis in India in an attempt to point out that the university is wrong in threatening action against the professor. Such kind of actions are sheer violation of fundamental freedoms provided by the constitution. One has freedom to express his or her discontentment about a law express religious believes and affiliations.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Other :Victim was arrested from hotel in Sakchi
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Adivasis
Location of incident Other Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory :Police declared the victim absconder but according to the wife of the victim, police used to come at home at the time when he was out for his regular work. He never tried to abscond. Current status Trial ongoing
Charges Filed Insulting religious feelings and attempts to promote enmity between groups of people under Section 53 (A), 295A, 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Other details
judgement Reference other information The lawyer of the victim, who did not want to be named, said he suspected the arrest was made after the elections were over so that the BJP did not anger the Adivasis and lose their votes before the polls.
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Date of incident: May 25, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Causal factors
  • Hurting religious sentiments
  • Name of the victim : Jeetrai Hansdah
    Name of Perpetrator Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)
    State Jharkhand
    District/City Jamshedpur
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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