Muslim outfits to observe bandh on 22 April condemning Neha Hiremath murder

Offering condolences to her family, KSWC chairperson said Neha's death should not be politicised for personal gains.


Published Apr 22, 2024 | 11:51 AMUpdatedApr 22, 2024 | 11:51 AM

Fayaz's mother Mamtaz recalled Neha Hiremath as a good girl. (X)

Muslim organisations in Dharwad have given a call for a ‘bandh’ (strike) on Monday, 22 April, condemning the murder of 23-year-old college student Neha Hiremath in Hubballi recently.

Dharwad based Anjuman-e-Islam president Esmail Tamatgar said all the businessmen from Muslim community will observe bandh from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, to offer their condolence to the departed soul and protest the brutal incident.

“Tomorrow we will observe bandh. Chicken shops, garage workshops, fruit vendors, banks, institutions will remain closed to condole the death and show our solidarity with the family. We will put up ‘Justice for Neha’ stickers at our shops,” Tamatgar said.

He added that a rally will also be taken out.

“The protest is to send across a message that never such incidents should occur to any girl child. We condemn this incident,” Tamatgar said.

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‘Do not politicise the incident’

The Karnataka State Women’s Commission Chairperson Nagalakshmi Choudhary on Sunday, 21 April, visited the residence of 23-year-old Neha Hiremath, and assured justice to her family.

Offering condolences to her family, she said Neha’s death should not be politicised for personal gains and if it was done, then it is like insulting the daughter of this land.

Speaking to PTI videos, Choudhary said she consoled Neha’s parents and assured them they would get justice as soon as possible.

“I made them be strong and also told them not to allow anyone to use this incident for their selfish input or politicising it, because then it would be like insulting Neha. If we are really worried about her, we all have to strongly support and allow the police to do a free investigation and as early as possible, we have to get justice for Neha,” she said.

The chairperson said she has spoken to the City Police Commissioner and District Collector and conveyed that every educational institution should have safety measures and also conduct workshops in colleges to educate both boys and girls about their future, cybercrime, social network, and their goals.

“If these things are applied in schools and institutions, such incidents will definitely come down in the near future,” she said.

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The incident

Neha Hiremath (23), daughter of Congress Councillor of Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Niranjan Hiremath, was allegedly stabbed to death on the campus of BVB College on 18 April.

The accused Fayaz was arrested by police subsequently.

Neha was a first-year MCA student and Fayaz was earlier her classmate.

The incident triggered a public outrage with protests in Hubballi, Dharwad and several other places.

The issue has snowballed into a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Karnataka.

While the ruling party has tried to project it as an “incident with a personal angle”, the saffron party suspects “love jihad” and said that it points to the “deterioration of law and order” in the state.

The BJP accused the Congress government of being soft on anti-social elements, which resulted in this incident as the ruling party tried to project it as an incident with a personal angle.

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