Over 400 people across the world have signed an online petition seeking justice in the case of Anmol Gemethi, a seven-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by Hindu fundamentalists.
“We have asked for
three things: a second post mortem of the boy, re-investigation of the
killing, arrest of the suspected killers,” Joseph Dias, founder of the
Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) that initiated the campaign, told
He said they will take the petition to the president
of India, the prime minister and other political leaders once it
crosses the 500 mark.
CSF launched the online ‘Justice for the Martyr Anmol’ campaign on Friday.
body was found floating in a river near his home in Rajasthan, northern
India, on November 19, two days after he went missing.
face was mutilated beyond recognition. There were burn marks on his
stomach, his toes were chopped off and one hand and leg were deeply
The boy’s father has accused Hindu fanatics of
conspiring in the killing. He also claimed that the police and doctors
who conducted the post mortem were shielding the accused.
Dias said he has been in constant touch with the state police who have promised to re-open the case.
“Only after re-investigation will the police decide that a second post-mortem needs to be done or not,” he added.
earlier post mortem conducted concluded that Anmol drowned and the
injuries on his body were caused by scavenging animals as his body had
been lying in the river for two days.
Signatories of the petition have expressed their concern about the state of religious freedom in the country.
matter what the religion of a person, it is cruel to destroy life.
Killing on the basis of religion is denying God and the gift of life
given by God,” said one of them.
Another wrote: “Innocent life has been taken away and it is happening everywhere. This should be stopped.”