PEHLU’S WIFE SAYS WON’T LET SONS RE­MAIN IN DAIRY BUSI­NESS

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Saub­hadra Chat­terji saub­hadra.chat­terji@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Id­dat or the pe­riod of mourn­ing has been over for Je­buna Khan, but the grief of los­ing her hus­band to a lynch mob has not left her eyes.

Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan’s wife says she is fac­ing acute fi­nan­cial cri­sis and lives in con­stant fear but the mother of eight has vowed not to al­low her chil­dren to buy any more cat­tle.

“We have two cows and as many calves at home. I told my chil­dren not to try to get any more cat­tle. They can’t con­tinue their fa­ther’s busi­ness. If pos­si­ble, we will even sell all our an­i­mals,” said Je­buna.

Ra­jasthan po­lice gave clean chit to all six al­leged cow vig­i­lantes who were part of the mob that lynched Pehlu Khan. All six were named by Khan in his dy­ing dec­la­ra­tion to the po­lice, which cited cell­phone records and the state­ment of work­ers of a cow shel­ter (run by one of the ac­cused) to ex­on­er­ate them.

Ever since Pehlu Khan was lynched in Ra­jasthan’s Al­war on April 1, Je­buna has hardly stepped out of her home in Haryana. “I have not spo­ken to the po­lice or author­i­ties. My world is de­stroyed. I now fear for the life of my chil­dren. My el­dest son tells me that peo­ple are threat­en­ing him,” she said weep­ing.

In her vil­lage there are many Hindu fam­i­lies and “all of them sup­port us”. “We have no prob­lem with our neigh­bours. They un­der­stand our pain,” she said.

She has lit­tle un­der­stand­ing about the le­gal process but has now re­alised that her son’s tes­ti­mony will not bring them jus­tice. “They say Ir­shad’s ver­sion will not help us. How can that be? He saw his fa­ther be­ing killed. He is

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