Family wants justice after court in India acquits lynching suspects

A picture of Mr Pehlu Khan held by his son Irshad. Mr Pehlu Khan died after he was attacked in 2017 by a mob of more than two dozen, who accused him and his two sons of taking cows to slaughter. PHOTO: REUTERS
A picture of Mr Pehlu Khan held by his son Irshad. Mr Pehlu Khan died after he was attacked in 2017 by a mob of more than two dozen, who accused him and his two sons of taking cows to slaughter. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Irshad Khan woke up to India's 73rd Independence Day on Thursday after a sleepless night. The 28-year-old tried to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation, but he said he was "weighed down by sadness".

Just a day earlier, a court had acquitted six people accused of beating Mr Khan's father to death.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'Family wants justice after court acquits lynching suspects'. Print Edition | Subscribe