‘Jihadi Romeos’ (and the flip-side)
Yup, now I have heard it all: The latest garb for the jihadis is impersonating a Shakespearean tragic character.
A bunch of hooligans entered a pub in Mangalore and beat up men and women “in the interests of society” (a detailed blog and video here). One would think that such an action would be morally outrageous enough to defy condoning, no matter what ideology you believe in. Well apparently not:
Few days back, HK had reported about Mangalore turning as the hot bed of Jihadi Romeos who target Girls of other faith. A Hindu girl is still missing from her home and reportedly hided (sic) in one of the Jihadi strong hold in Mangalore.
Those who were targeted were girls who ignored the warning about the Jihadi Romoeos they were roaming with. The girls mostly from other states who come to Mangalore for study are easy prey for these Jihadi’s.
Nation wide awareness campaigns against these Jihadi Romeo’s and alerting the parents of those who fell into the Jihadi trap in the starting is the need of the hour.[link]
Sadly, this is not satire.
[Blog link via e-mail from Vivek]
Here is a reaction from the other end of the spectrum which is equally absurd:
When will we retaliate? When will we ban these group and pass ’shoot at sight’ orders if more than 5 of them are seen to be gathering at a public place?
The hooligans are not arrested and killed yet. We all know that they wouldn’t at all be arrested, if at all they are, they would get away the next day on bail
(emphasis mine) (via)
As I said, what these hoodlums perpetrated is absolutely reprehensible and could in no way be supported by a civilized society. [Although, I wouldn't call it the 'Talibanization' of our society (yet) as the author of this blog suggests - as in there is no systematic government support for such moral policing (yet).]
However, how is a demand for these people to be killed any better than the type of justice meted out by the Taliban and their ilks ? Most reports suggest that the people responsible have been arrested (no word on whether they have been bailed), and there is enough media outrage over the incident, so much so that the BJP and Sangh-parivar related parties have publicly distanced themselves from this group. But how does the crime justify a ‘shoot-at-sight’ order to kill ?
Weird to say the least. Mind you, this rant comes from the same blogger – a lawyer no less – who is justifying NDTV and Barkha Dutt’s rather childish decision of threatening to sue a blogger just because they did not like what he wrote about their Mumbai 26/11 coverage. (another issue that I should blog about in a separate post)