Muzaffarnagar riots: ‘They harassed me daily and killed my uncles’

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muzaffarnagar-riots-they-harassed-me-daily-and-killed-my-uncles/1171547/

AkhileshUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan on their way to the Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow.

“Every day for seven or eight days, they were harassing me on my way to school,” says the 16-year-old, describing the circumstances leading to the triple murders that are supposed to have triggered the Muzaffarnagar violence.

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“When I came home and told my family, my uncle Gaurav said he would come with me till Kawwal,” she says. “That day when we reached Kawwal and they started harassing me again, Uncle protested. Sachin Uncle too came by. He told me to go home they would sort things out. I came back home. After that I don’t know what happened.”

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More than three weeks later, with both her uncles and her alleged tormentor dead, and Uttar Pradesh plunged into its worst communal clashes in a decade, life has come to a standstill for her and her friends, none of whom have since gone back to school, Bharti Inter College, 8 km from her village.

Muzaffarnagar riots: Villagers fleeing homes targeted

The family, mourning the deaths of Gaurav and Sachin, ask why only one of the seven men named in the FIR has been arrested. Police say non-bailable warrants have been issued and stringent sections invoked. All that remains now is to find the men to be punished.

Muzaffarnagar riots: Villagers fleeing homes targeted

The genesis of the Muzaffarnagar riots is not just that of two communities that after decades of coexistence turned against each other. It is also the story of how objectives such as the right to education are hamstrung by social realities. While she was going to school, the 16-year-old would cycle 2 km every day and then take the bus to Nangla Manjor. Kawwal, where her alleged molester lived, was where she would park her bicycle before catching the bus.

She had been making the difficult trip for some time but others, including a cousin of hers, are studying through correspondence rather than go through such a routine. “We can’t go out. Once all this cools down they are sure to target us again,” the cousin says.

In Kawwal, Mohd Salim, whose son Shahnawaz was killed the same day, claims there was no harassment and it all happened because there was a minor collision of bikes. “What harassment, what teasing? Shahnawaz stayed here only one-and-a-half months a year. He worked in Chennai, was here for a week or so before his death to attend to an ailing cousin. They attacked us after their bikes collided and killed my son,” Salim says.

In Mallikpura, there are no takers for his version. Young girls say harassment at Kawwal is not new. Villagers wrote to CM Akhilesh Yadav on September 15 for a road bypassing Kawwal, citing problems faced by their women and girls.

UP House panel to probe sting operation

Lucknow: The UP assembly has decided to constitute a committee to probe the sting operation aired by a TV channel where two police officers reportedly claimed delaying action to contain the Muzaffarnagar riots under “political pressure”. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said: “A sting operation aired on TV has reportedly shown the involvement of a senior minister and several others. I propose to constitute a parliamentary committee for probing the authenticity of the sting operation.” ENS

 

ADG goes on leave

Lucknow: Muzaffarnagar riots have caused a turmoil in UP police also with ADG (Law & Order) Arun Kumar proceeding for leave on Thursday following a controversy that he does not want to continue on the post and wants to go on central deputation. The ADG had switched off his mobile phones and could not be reached for comment. ENS

 

Riots have left Gujarat behind: Alvi

New Delhi: Congress leader Rashid Alvi Thursday said the Muzaffarnagar riots have left Gujarat behind. Alvi was allegedly detained by the UP Police after he visited Loni. “I have visited Gujarat also. But, Muzaffarnagar has left Gujarat behind,” he said, pointing to problems faced by Muslims in the area. PTi

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2 Responses to Muzaffarnagar riots: ‘They harassed me daily and killed my uncles’

  1. Hemen Parekh says:

    Reach – Out Time ?

    Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election
    There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence
    It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again
    It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life
    If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country
    Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto :

     Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power

     Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority population

     Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission

     Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas

     Up gradation of the educational institutions belonging to the minorities

     Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC

     At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ World Peace Complex “ comprising of :

    • Ram Temple ( for Hindus )

    • Mosque ( for Muslims )

    • Church ( for Christians )

    • Temple ( for Buddhists )

    • Synagogue ( for Jews )

    • Akshar-Dham ( for Jains )

    • Gurudwara ( for Shikhs )

    • University for Comparative Studies of World Religions

    • Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya )

    • India Heritage / History Museum

    • Business Convention-cum-Industry Exhibition Centre

    • Tourist Complex

    • And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ Father of the Nation “
    I invite readers to add to this list
    Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country
    It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s truly “ Secular “ nature ( non-UPA variety ? )
    It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the minorities
    And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ?
    Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! )

    • hemen parekh ( 21 Sept 2013 )

  2. Hemen Parekh says:

    Why can’t they say ?

    When our politicians – and other sundry celebrities – get questioned about their opinion on everything happening in the remotest corner of our country , why can’t they simply say ,

    “ I have no opinion , no views , no comments about that event or that statement by my opponent , because ,

    • I don’t have enough genuine , first-hand , true information about “ what “ was said or happened , nor about the “ Why “ and “ Who “ of it (eg: What caused riots in Muzaffarnagar or whether Army bribed J&K Ministers or not )

    OR

    • I am not an expert on that subject . I am over-questioned . Period .

    All that I can say is that if someone , anyone has broken the law of the land , then he must be booked , proved guilty and punished – even if he is my son or my party’s Minister
    In today’s India of 1200 million people , do not expect me to know who is doing what , when, why and where
    Unlike God , I am neither Omnipresent , nor Omnipotent , nor Omniscient
    And with ever-changing moral standards , what I might have considered “ Wrong “ just 10 years back , may have come to be accepted as “ Right “ today by the society !
    So , please allow me to remain silent “

    Dear Politician,
    You don’t have to have an opinion about everything ! So , don’t pretend !
    Try this . You will earn people’s respect for being honest

    • hemen parekh ( 24 Sept 2013 )

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