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Humanity is crying at Muzaffarnagar's riot relief camps
On 21st December, 2013 I along with Shruti Nagvanshi (Convenor: Voice of People), Major Dr. Himanshu (A famous social activist) and Taj Muhammad (PVCHR staff) visited a relief camp in Islamic Madarsa at Shahpur of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, India and found the camp's condition as pathetic and inhumane with 42 families who have survived communal riots living there.

On the night of December 22 they were forced by the Madarsa's administration to vacate the place due to pressure of the administration. In the camp around 15 people from three villages Sisauli, Shoram and Goyala famous for their Khap Panchayats were residing. It is noted that Sisauli village is residence of a famous Jat leader. So, the district administration does not want to identity the 15 families of the above mentioned three villages as the survivors of communal riot.  These survivors belong to lower caste Muslim community and mostly working as labours in brick kiln factory.

Now there are pregnant women living in the camp. Three new born kids are dead due to cold and lack of treatment. I was shocked after listening their testimonies of pain, agony, apathy of administration and inhuman treatment through organized violence. Women told their stories of sexual assault in which they were made naked and hurled with verbal abuses in front of mass. A girl of Dulehara is missing after the riots.      

It is noted that the first incident of gang-rape came to light in the aftermath of the riots from the village of Fugana in Jogiya Kheda. Two fresh cases of rapes were registered in October. It was reported on 15 November 2013 that a total of 13 rape cases and sexual harassment were registered over the past two months of rioting and the report named 111 people involved in the incidents. But no arrests had been made till then.

Before our visit, National Human Rights Commission started spot visit of Muzzafarnagr and Shamali relief camp. After our visit, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on 22 December 2013 too lamented the "deplorable" conditions at the relief camps, housing hundreds of riot affected families of Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas, and asked the "young" chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to improve the situation.

"Many children have died in the camps. The situation is deplorable... There is a need to mediate and improve life there," Rahul said as he made an unscheduled visit to the relief camps and some of the violence-hit areas. Gandhi, who is seeking to revive his party's fortunes after its drubbing in the recent Assembly elections, also targeted Akhilesh Yadav over his handling of the relief work. "There is a young chief minister. The state government should improve the situation. The CM should look into it," said Rahul Gandhi.

After my visit to the relief camps, I remembered the remark of Edmund Burke on India, “In that Country the law of religion, the laws of the land, and the law of honour, are all united and consolidated in one, and bind a man eternally to the rule of what is called his caste.”

My kind request to the Governments at provincial and central level is that immediate shelter should provided under right to life with dignity guaranteed under article 21 of the constitution of India. The Govt. immediately ensure permanent pro-survivor rehabilitation based on hope, honor and human dignity.

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Shruti Nagvanshi
ऐसे में जरूरत है कि विभिन्न राजनैतिक पार्टिया अपनी –अपनी रोटियाँ सेंकने के और जनता को गुमराह करने व एक दुसरे पर दंगे की जिम्मेदारी डालने के बजाय दंगा पीड़ितों के तन से गहरे मन के घावों को भरने के प्रयास में मिलकर काम करें | पीड़ितों के इज्जत, आशा, मानवीय गरिमा को ध्यान में रखते हुए अविलम्ब बिना किसी भेदभाव के नागरिक अधिकार संरक्षित करते हुए पुनर्वासित किये जाने की लम्बे समय तक कार्यक्रम चलाना होगा, जिसमें मनोवैज्ञानिक एवं सामाजिक सम्बल के पहल को महत्व देना होगा
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