Recently, a Muslim girl named Gulnaz Khatoon was molested and burnt alive in Vaishali, Bihar. According to Gulnaz, on 30th October when she went near her home for dumping the waste at evening, the culprits Satish Rai, Vijay Rai and Chandan Kumar forcefully dragged her somewhere and started throwing kerosene on her and then they burnt her brutally for not marrying the Hindu guy Satish Ray. Accused then ran away after they saw the people of that locality started gathering there when she started shouting. Her mother rushed her to the hospital with the help of their neighbors. And the hospital registered F.I.R against the accused. She expired on 15th November. Accused are not yet arrested by police, media and political parties are still silent. Everyone is demanding for her justice and raising questions regarding the injustice with Gulnaz.
The incident which I quoted above is the recent example that raised questions on Secularism of India. Secularism can be called as the belief that every religion of the country is equal and have the right access education, employment and other sectors of the country. Is India really secular? I think my answer is no because everyone is observing this case according to the religion instead of humanity. Many people are also silent just because the accused are Hindus and they don’t believe that Muslim girl. Media and political parties are hiding this case just because the girl was a Muslim. Silence of media and political parties shows that the voice against injustice will also be raised according to the religion.
So, we should unite against every accused whether they belong from any religion and demand for justice and raise voice against the injustice done to Gulnaz and other girls like her. Because this is not the matter of religion this is the matter of humanity. Gulnaz was firstly a human, then a daughter of our country and then a Muslim. There are many cases in our country where people get justice according to their religion and caste too. This incident showed that India is only a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ instead of a secular country.