Father of Tamil Nadu man killed for being atheist says he will become one too: Report

Father of Tamil Nadu man killed for being atheist says he will become one too: Report

31-year-old Farook was hacked to death, allegedly by a gang of four men enraged by his atheism.  Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Delhi, India Mar 27, 2017, 02.40 PM (IST)

The father of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) activist and atheist H Farook, who was hacked to death in Coimbatore, has said that if his son was killed for his views, he too would become an atheist, the Indian Express reported Monday.

“If the police version is true, that he was murdered by a radical Muslim group, then they killed my son using wrong interpretations of the Quran. The Quran is one holy book that insists on and allows the right of dissent since the time of the Prophet. If they killed him for being an atheist, I have decided to join his organisation and do what he did,” R Hameed told the Indian Express.

Farook was killed on March 16 allegedly because of a Facebook post in which one of his children held a placard saying: “Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)”.

If the police version is true, that he was murdered by a radical Muslim group, then they killed my son using wrong interpretations of the Quran. The Quran is one holy book that insists on and allows the right of dissent since the time of the Prophet'
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31-year-old Farook was hacked to death, allegedly by a gang of four men enraged by his atheism. 

Hameed told the Indian Express that he had never insisted with Farook, refused to attend the wedding of a close relative to avoid taking part in religious rituals, he never insisted.

The Hindustam Times reported police as saying Farook had received a phone call around 11 pm, following which he stepped out of his house. Soon afterwards, four unidentified men attacked him with sharp weapons.

Farook used to run a business in Ukkadam near Coimbatore. 

(WION)

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'If they killed him for being an atheist, I have decided to join his organisation and do what he did,' R Hameed told The Indian Express

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