27 September, 2020

Run, Rabbit Run...

Rizwan was hounded to death for daring to marry for love. Calcutta weeps for him. Updates

Run, Rabbit Run...
Fifteen summers ago, a 15-year-old student of St Lawrence School in Calcutta earned kudos for his superb direction of a short play on inter-faith love. After facing the usual trials and tribulations, the play's protagonists 'lived happily ever after'. Fifteen years later, having fallen in love and married a girl from another faith, Rizwanur Rehman realised that real life can be cruelly different. A police force acting at the behest of his rich father-in-law ensured that Rizwan and his new bride Priyanka's love story ended in tragedy.

Rizwan's mysterious death, followed by highly offensive statements by Calcuttta's police chief, have sparked unprecedented outrage, galvanised the citizenry to stage daily protest rallies and candle-light vigils, triggered SMS and web campaigns and an outpouring of condemnation and anger against the police and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and judicial probes ordered by an embattled Buddhadeb have failed to placate protesters, who are demanding a CBI...


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