Ankit Saxena who was killed four months back by the family of his Muslim girlfriend in Delhi, his father Yashpal Saxena organised an iftaar gathering for 200 people to send out a message of love and peace.
“Yes, those who killed my son were Muslim…but every Muslim can’t be branded for this. Don’t use me to spread communal tension, don’t drag me into it…I appeal to everyone not to link this to religion and vitiate the atmosphere,” Mr Saxena had said.
“I feel overwhelmed. I am grateful to all those who attended the event. A lot of people discouraged me, but I wanted to send out a message of solidarity and peace through this iftaar gathering. I lost my only son and this is for him,” Mr Saxena told NDTV.
Nasir Ahmed, who was at the event said, “I read about the iftaar on Facebook and decided to join in as it is a noble cause. There is no political motive behind it. This is all for humanity and I am happy to be part of it.”
Social activist Anjali Bharadwaj said, “We are here to support and encourage the family in their message of solidarity and harmony. They have transcended the boundaries of hatred.”
The Saxenas and Ankit’s friends have also started a trust to help inter-faith couples marry.