Lynch Files

The Forgotten Saga of Victims of Hate Crime

Ziya Us Salam


Sage, New Delhi, 2019

Language: English

232 pages

5.5" x 8.5"

Price INR 450
Book Club Price INR 360

Mohammed Akhlaq and Rakbar lynched in the name of cow protection. 
Chimma, a Dalit, lynched by the mob for entering a Hindu temple.
In recent years, the cases of mob lynching of Muslims and Dalits have increased to an alarming extent. These cases are discarded and forgotten without any justice served to the victims. The emergence of mobocracy from the roots of Hindutva and gau rakshaks has put India’s secularity and democratic constitution to test.
Lynch Files pieces together the tragic stories of the people at the receiving end of mob violence and looks inside the mind of the lynchers who flout laws with impunity. Further, the book discusses the Supreme Court judgement against lynching and tries to restore faith in the court’s capacity to curb this violence.

Ziya Us Salam

Ziya Us Salam is a noted literary and social commentator. He has been associated with The Hindu for more than 18 years. He has been The Hindu’s Features Editor for North India editions for 16 years. At present, he is Associate Editor, Frontline, and writes on sociocultural issues for the magazine besides doing book reviews. His book Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps, published by SAGE, was released in 2018. The same year, Till Talaq Do Us Part, a study of various divorce options available in Islam was released. His book Delhi 4 Shows, a study of cinemas since the talkie era began, was released in 2016. He has contributed to the following anthologies: Being Young in the Worlds of Islam and Past Tense: Living on the Edge. He has edited an anthology titled House Full: The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema. He was a jury member of the International Film Festival of India (non-feature film, 2011), Best Writing on Cinema (2008) and Vatavaran. His book Snapshots of Islam will be released shortly.