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A People's fund for Ankit Saxena's family

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Ankit Saxena was killed for daring to love. He was the sole-earner of his family and his parents need our support.


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About the Fundraiser

Soon it will be a month since a young photographer Ankit Saxena was murdered for being in love with a Muslim girl in west Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar. Much has already been said in the media about the brutal murder while the detained perpetrators have admitted to their crime.  

Ankit’s murder was chilling – his mother saw the son’s throat being slit by a sharp knife – a fact that would shock anyone. While they were rushing him to the hospital, the mother tried to stop the bleeding by putting her hand on the throat, but noticed her fingers going right into the slit throat.

It was all over in three seconds”, said the father, “My life was turned over in three seconds.





Ankit was their only child and a bread-earner since the father is in his sixties and a heart patient. Ankit had just begun rising in his career as a wedding photographer, and no less than a handsome model himself as his portraits at home reveal. Some of his photos show him in backdrops of different religious spaces such as a gurudwara or a mosque. 

In these times when countless couples deciding to marry outside their religion or caste in India are being attacked either by mobs or their own relatives, this murder was bound to bring a communal backlash since a Muslim family was involved in killing a Hindu boy. Raghubir Nagar and surrounding areas were surely tense for a few days after the murder. But Ankit’s father, despite his personal tragedy, saved a larger tragedy from happening by appealing to the people through media not to see the perpetrators as Muslim.

Not only that. He now wants to keep his son’s memory and legacy alive by creating an institution or group that will carry on the message of love and harmony. However, the parents do not have the means to even carry out their daily lives, which involve treatment of their illnesses – Ankit’s mother has high blood pressure and diabetes.

After meeting the family and discussing their various requirements, we felt that some funds need to be raised to not only take care of their immediate medical needs, but also to fulfil Yashpal Saxena’s wish to create a group or institution for peace and social harmony. There can be no better cause than this for all of us to pool in our resources to deal with the trauma of the Saxena family at this moment.

Over the last few weeks, a number of civil society groups and ordinary citizens have met Ankit Saxena's family and they have decided to help Ankit's family raise funds for this family. All contributions will go directly into Mr Saxena's bank account.

Any amount - big or small - will help. 

In the past, ordinary citizens like you and me have helped raise lakhs of rupees for fellow citizens like Afrazul Khan, who was hacked and killed in Rajasthan and Chhotan, who was attached by a mob in Kasgunj.
(Campaign initiated and text drafted by Yousuf Saeed)

Organisations supporting this campaign:

Pinjra Tod, Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy, Dhanak, All India Progressive Women's Association, Pehchan and other concerned citizens and organisations.

For more details, read:

  • Today is Ankit's birthday.

    by CrowdNewsing on March, 22 2018



    Dear Friends,

    Today, March 22, is Ankit Saxena's birthday. This article in DailyO captures well how his parents are coping with life after losing their only child. 

    Why Ankit Saxena's murder has been easily forgotten

    Is it because his father refused to allow the killing to be politicised?

    Share the article, and the link to this campaign to help us raise more funds for his family.

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  • Campaign continues to grow: Karwaan-e-Mohabbat joins in

    by CrowdNewsing on March, 16 2018



    The Karwaan-e-Mohabbat campaign, that is travelling across India with their message of love and harmony is supporting the Ankit Saxena fundraiser. Please share the link and ask others to join in too!


    The nation owes Yashpal Saxena an immense debt of gratitude. His only child Ankit Saxena was murdered by the family of the Muslim girl he loved. Even so he has firmly and consistently affirmed that he bears Muslims no ill will. 

    By doing this he not only displayed luminous humanity even in the face of great personal tragedy. He also demolished one of the most widely used rationalisations for communal hatred. This is the idea that an entire community must collectively carry the guilt for crimes - real or imagined, committed now or in history - which any of its members may have perpetrated. This doctrine harbours a moral rationalisation of violence that people may wreak on other people in vengeance solely for sharing the same identity as the real or imagined criminal.

    Some of the most brutal mass crimes in recent history were such acts of collective vengeance against a community for the real or imagined crimes of a few of its members. More than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in 1984 in reprisal for the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikhs guards. The Gujarat carnage of 2002 was justified by the burning of the Hindus in a train. The 9/11 attack has been invoked to condone military strikes on civilian populations in faraway Afghanistan and Iraq. Each terrorist attack in Paris inevitably makes the entire Muslim population of France culpable in many eyes. It is the same idea that is invoked to justify communal violence and hate crimes in this country.

     It is these ideas of vicarious guilt and the inevitable, even righteous, action-reaction that Yashpal Saxena has rejected with gentle firmness. His photographer son Ankit Saxena fell in love with a Muslim college student in his neighbourhood and they wanted to marry. Her family slit his throat in the presence of his parents because they were opposed to their relationship, in a gruesome hate crime. 

    The magazine Caravan reported that when Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari went to meet Yashpal Saxena, he begged him and the media not to communalise his son’s murder. “I had one son,” he said. “If I get justice, it’s good. If not, even then I don’t have hatred against any community. I have no such (communal) thinking. I am unable to understand why the media is showing this issue in that way.”

    One of Ankit Saxena’s closest friends was a Muslim, Mohammed Azhar Alam. He told The Quint he accompanied Yashpal Saxena to Haridwar to immerse his son’s ashes. There he performed the puja with his friend’s father. “Uncle even showed me the way in which the holy dip is taken in the Ganga,” he said. “I took the dip with him, and prayed with him.”

    India would be an infinitely more humane land if we had more people like Ankit Saxena and his father. We owe Yashpal Saxena a special debt for his humanity and fairness, for rejecting the doctrine of collective communal responsibility for the crimes of individuals, and of “actions” justifying “reactions”. He lights the way for us in these dark and gloomy times of hatred. 

    We have visited Yashpal Saxena many times. The parents are completely broken. They also have to cope with the prospect of old age with grave illnesses without the support of their only son. They are humble people, living in a one-room Janta Flat.

    We therefore appeal to the central government, the Delhi state government, but most of all to ordinary citizens, to contribute to a fund with which we hope to buy a permanent asset like a shop for a recurring source of income for the family. We appeal to the government to also allot to them a milk dairy or gas agency. A group of senior citizens will also appeal to the Governments of India and Delhi to assist them with any such allocation and a decent sum to enable them to live a life of dignity.

    In addition, Yashpal Saxena is very keen to establish a trust in the name of his son, to spread the message of communal harmony and love in schools and colleges. If we collect enough funds, we would also use this as a corpus for this trust.

    Kavita Shrivastava, John Dayal, Navsharan Singh, Osama Manzar, Natasha Badhwar, Priya Ramani, Farah Naqvi, Amitabh Basu, Harsh Mander

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