The Train to Lynchistan

Social Commentary

The Train to Lynchistan

Illustration: Akshita Monga


n June 22, 16-year-old Hafiz Junaid, boarded a train bound for Mathura along with his two cousins. Junaid had just shopped for Eid in Tughlakabad, and his journey home would turn out to be his last. On the train Junaid and his cousins were attacked by a mob of men, whose argument ostensibly began with a quibble over seats, and then escalated to the account of religion and faith.

Junaid was stabbed to death, while his cousins, and brother Fakir who boarded the train later in an attempt to rescue the three, suffered stab wounds as well. No one saw a thing.