A year on, India’s riot victims say justice still unserved – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-02-23 04:21:00 –

New Delhi >> The archer shouted, “Victory over Lord Rama,” the Hindu god, before triggering a bullet in Muhammad Nacil Khan’s left eye.

Kahn placed his quivering hand in his bloody eye socket, and his fingers slipped deep into the wound. At that moment, Kahn was convinced he would die.

Kahn survived the violence that killed 53 others, primarily fellow Islamic people, when he swallowed his neighborhood in the Indian capital 12 months ago.

But a year after the worst joint riots in India in decades, the 35-year-old boy is still upset and the attackers are still unpunished. Kahn says he was unable to obtain justice because of the lack of police interest in his case.

“My only crime is that my name identifies my religion,” Khan said at his home in the North Gonda district of New Delhi.

Many Muslim victims of bloody violence last year said police repeatedly refused to investigate complaints about Hindu riots. Some still want the court to come to their help. However, some now believe that the judicial system under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist regime is piled up against them.

In addition to a sense of injustice, reports from Muslim victims and reports from rights groups have led Hindu mobs during enthusiastic violence by Modi’s Baratya Janata Party and New Delhi police leaders. Showed that he implicitly supported it.

New Delhi police did not respond to repeated requests for comment, but last year claimed that their investigation was fair and that about 1,750 people were booked in connection with the riots. Half of them are Hindus. Junior Interior Minister G. Kishan Reddy also told Congress that police acted swiftly and fairly.

However, a senior police officer’s letter sent to investigators five months after the riot suggested that they would ease Hindus suspected of violence and prompted criticism from the High Court of Delhi.

The joint clash in India is nothing new, and regular violence has occurred since the British division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. However, in the last seven years, the religious polarization fueled by the Hindu nationalist foundation of the Modi Party has deepened. Fault lines and elevated tension.

Many believe that last year’s riots were triggered by a fierce speech by Modi Party leader Kapil Mishra. On February 23, 2020, he gave police an ultimatum, warning that demonstrators would disband the sit-in protesting the new civil rights law, which says Muslims are discriminatory. Otherwise he and his supporters will do it themselves.

When his supporters moved there, it quickly triggered a riot-turned pitch street battle. For the next three days, Hindu mobs roamed the streets, hunting down Muslims, and in some cases burning them alive at home, burning the entire neighborhood, including shops and mosques.

Mishra rejected the idea that he was responsible for the riots and called the allegations to cover up the “pre-planned genocide of Hindus by Muslims” as “propaganda.” On Monday, his party said it had nothing to do with violence, but mentioned his speech time before the riots began, adding that “what I did last year will do it again if necessary.” It was.

Many Hindu communities in the region have accused Muslims of initiating violence to make India look bad.

A year later, many Muslim victims of the riot are still barking for fear of further phlebotomy. Hundreds of people have abandoned their burnt down homes and moved elsewhere. Those who chose to stay strengthened their neighborhood with metal gates in preparation for more mob attacks. Many say they are afraid that the person in charge will never be held accountable.

“Everything has changed since the riots,” Khan said. “I think I’m gradually losing all hope of justice.”

Kahn spent 20 days recovering in the hospital after being shot. Since then, he has been searching for justice, which he says has been thwarted by police everywhere.

Khan’s official police complaints seen by the Associated Press nominated at least six Hindus from his neighborhood where he said he had participated in the violence.

“The accused are still coming to my house and threatening to kill my entire family,” Khan said in a complaint, adding that he was ready to identify them in court.

His complaint was not officially accepted.

However, the police filed their own complaints. It offered different versions of the event and was placed at least 1 km (0.6 miles) from where Khan was shot. This suggests that he was injured in a shootout between two clashing groups. It did not identify his attacker.

The stories of many other Muslim victims follow a similar pattern. Police and investigators have dismissed hundreds of complaints about Hindu riots because of lack of evidence despite multiple eyewitness testimonies.

They were a man who saw his brother shot deadly, a father of a four-month-old baby who witnessed a house burned, and after a Hindu mob threw an atomic bomb on him. Includes boys who have lost both arms.

Many people now travel weekly to the office of lawyer Mehmood Pracha in the hope of justice. Few people have seen an attacker placed behind a bar. Many others are still waiting for their proceedings to be heard in court.

Muslim Pracha represents at least 100 victims of the riots for free. He said there were several cases where police were provided with videos of Hindu mobs, many of which had links to Modi’s party. “But police seemed eager to involve Muslims in the riots.”

He said Muslims were often “threatening to withdraw their complaints.”

“The police acted as a criminal partner,” Pracha said.

Multiple videos of the riots seen by AP show police spitting on Hindu mobs to throw stones at Muslims, destroying surveillance cameras and beating a group of Muslim men. ..

Several independent fact-finding teams and rights groups have documented the role of police in riots.

In June 2020, Human Rights Watch said during the riot that “police could not respond appropriately” and even “participated” in the attack on Islam. “We were unable to conduct a fair and transparent investigation,” officials said.

Harun, who goes by one name last night, said, “I’m still afraid to go out in the evening.”

He saw his brother Marouf shot deadly by his Hindu neighbor during the riot. Police did not identify the accused in his complaint, despite multiple witnesses.

Haroon then said he was threatened by police and the accused to withdraw his complaint.

“We were alone at the time, but now we are alone,” he almost wept when the two children of his dead brother were sitting beside him.

Harun looked at them and said, “I don’t know what to do.”

A year on, India’s riot victims say justice still unserved Source link A year on, India’s riot victims say justice still unserved

Back to top button