Thirty years ago today, India saw its worst-ever instance of custodial killings. But institutional impunity is yet to be answered for.
The families of those killed by the police in Hashimpura in 1987 have waited 30 years for justice, but all they have been promised so far is compensation.
Muslims in the region said they have decided to move away from cattle-based occupations after seeing what happened to Khan.
Ghulam Ahmed was lynched in Bulandshahr for the ‘crime’ of assisting an inter-religious couple to elope – an allegation his son denies.
The Bombay high court upheld the life sentence of the 11 convicted in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case and set aside the acquittal of accused police officers.
“I am grateful that this verdict delivered by the Honorable Judges, has, yet again, vindicated my truth, and upheld my faith in the judiciary,” Bilkis Bano said in a statement.
BJP leaders in Saharanpur and Agra are pleased to have managed the transfer of two SSPs who booked Sangh leaders and activists for rioting.
The Sangh’s concerted campaign of anti-Muslim prejudice aims to completely marginalise the community in the public sphere.
While some families have returned after the village sarpanch promised them safety, several others still feel that their homes are still unsafe.
In light of the recent developments, The Wire brings you a timeline of events of the 1992 incident and its immediate aftermath.
The attack that killed Pehlu Khan and injured other Muslim cattle traders has left a community angry, helpless and wanting to give up the trade.
The court has ordered that the trial, to be held in Lucknow, be completed in two years.
“The charges are absolutely baseless. The people were attending a prayer meeting voluntarily. We prayed. Nothing else was done,” pastor Adam said.
While there has been no direct clash between Muslims and Hindus, large-scale destruction of property and the imposition of curfew has created a sense of disquiet.
The BJP is gradually pushing its Hindutva agenda in Assam and this could have a troubling fallout.
“How can I force anyone not to slaughter cows unless he is himself so disposed? It is not as if there were only Hindus in the Indian Union. There are Muslims, Parsis, Christians and other religious groups here.”
A minor altercation between a Muslim and Hindu boy at school in Patan leads to a mob killing two and destroying dozens of homes
We now see Indians turning upon Indians in methodically targeted ways, in some cases with guns or whatever crude weapons they can lay hands on, in some cases with black paint, in some cases with the simple device of numbers known as a mob.
Gandhi speaks to our times with renewed urgency in a just-published translation of an acclaimed work.
Though Sangh leaders justify the mass killing of Muslims in private, this is perhaps the first time someone from the RSS has openly boasted about the massacre and held it out as something “Hindu society” should take “pride” in.
What is to become of us if communal, majoritarian language continues to be used and we do not oppose it?
Displaced persons who were resettled 14 years ago still do not have access to property rights, while the areas they live in lack even basic facilities.
Ajay Verghese’s The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence looks at the colonial past to understand why some parts of India suffer from communal conflict while others suffer from caste conflict.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
Though five people have died since the blockade because they were unable to get medical help on time, authorities have done nothing, villagers allege.
Whatever be the electoral outcome, one thing appears certain: minorities are not going to turn their back on the idea of a secular India.
A year and a half after communal violence rocked the village, many people who fled still refuse to return, fearing for their safety.
Rajput activists say its because Bhansali is presenting wrong facts in his new historical drama Padmavati
Som has denied the charges, telling PTI that there was “nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels”.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.
There have been a number of communal attacks across the country, but the state has either been in denial or complicit. Where do people look for justice?
Thousands of lives were destroyed forever, but barely anyone has been held accountable.
I felt a sense of unease as I read the words of the first servant of the nation: it was as if a dagger, thrust in my heart, was being twisted and I could sense the delight of the hand behind it.
An eye witness account of a brutal killing of a Sikh after Indira Gandhi’s assassination 32 years ago
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
Where are we headed as a society when a Muslim cannot pay his honest respects to the ‘Imam-e-Hind’ Lord Ram just because of his religious faith?
“Humein iska badla chahiye, aur hum iska badla leke rahenge. Hinduon ne chudiyaan nahi pehen rakhi hain, in mullon ko jad se ukhaad denge hum,” a speaker said.
The BJP could see this as a godsend because its position in UP has been steadily slipping over the past year or so primarily because of rural and agriculture distress caused by two back-to-back droughts.
Beyond the safety of minorities and biryani policing in Haryana, the IPS are under an obligation to act like leaders, not as mere passengers.
As attacks and arrests increase in the name of gau raksha, this Muslim community in Rajasthan is on the run.