In recent times, the power of the Islamist street veto has become a force to be reckoned with. It shapes the narrative and influencing decisions in the socio-political landscape of India. We delve into the alarming case of Prathamesh Shinde, a 4th-year engineering student at NIT Srinagar. His life took a drastic turn due to accusations of ‘blasphemy.’ The events that unfolded highlight a disturbing pattern. The state apparatus succumbs to the pressure of Islamist mobs, jeopardizing the safety and rights of individuals.