New Delhi: Former Chief Information
Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah today highlighted the
rise of "religious radicalism" in the country and said dairy
farmer Pehlu Khan, who was killed by cow vigilantes in
Rajasthan, was targeted because he was a Muslim.
Speaking at a symposium on 'Religious Persecution of
Baha'is in Iran and Belief in the Interfaith Co-existence',
Habibullah said that by allowing atrocities on Baha'is,
leaders in Iran are giving Islam a bad name.
"We now have this rise of religious radicalism. Iran
itself fighting against the rise of ISIS.
"In our own country we have this instance of Pehlu
Khan...simply because he was a Muslim. This is the time for
all of those who are right thinking and religious minded for
standing together," Habibullah said.
The former CIC was referring to 55-year-old Pehlu Khan
who was waylaid by a mob in Alwar on April 1 when he was
transporting cows for his small dairy farm. He was beaten up
mercilessly by cow vigilantes and died of his wounds two days
The symposium is conducted every year to create awareness
over the arrest of seven Bahai leaders -- Fariba Kamalabadi,
Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz
Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm �Mahvash Sabet -- by Iran.
Former Chief Election Commissioner GVG Krishnamurthy also
attended the event.