Gang rape during the Muzaffarnagar Riots in India

Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots Samia, 25, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) is seven-months pregnant as she sits for a photo January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, on September 8, 2013, during the riot, three of her neighbors who she had known for eight years barged into her home, locked the door, and took turns raping her. When she went to the police to file a case they asked her questions, such as ‘What were you wearing?’ and ‘Where did you keep your hands while they were raping you?’ They took her phone and examined her calls from 30 days up until the attack and questioned why she called each person and what her relation was to them. Riots between Muslims and Jat Hindus broke out at the end of August and lasted until the beginning of September, 2013. More than 55 people were killed, hundreds were injured, at least six women were reportedly gang raped, and almost 50,000 people fled to relief camps in the immediate aftermath. The cold winter has led to the death of over 34 children in the relief camps.

Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots  Alishba, 25, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) covers her face while sitting for a photo, January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, she was gang raped by two men during the riots on September 8, 2013. Four of her neighbors that she had known for 10 years broke down the door of her home, two guarded the door while the other two raped her. They released her when her mother-in-law heard the commotion and came down the stairs shouting that the police were on their way. Her and her husband filed a case with the police, but so far no arrests have been made. The police have offered her money to drop the case, and her rapists have threatened her family. Riots between Muslims and Jat Hindus broke out at the end of August and lasted until the beginning of September, 2013. More than 55 people were killed, hundreds were injured, at least six women were reportedly gang raped, and almost 50,000 people fled to relief camps in the immediate aftermath. The cold winter has led to the death of over 34 children in the relief camps.

Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots  Safa, 30, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) covers her face with her shawl while she sits for a photo January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, on September 8, 2013, during a riot while her husband was away at work, four of her neighbors broke into her home and took turns raping her for an hour and a half. They finally left when they heard people shouting outside that the police were on their way. After the rape she was sick with an infection for one month. She filed a report with the police, but no arrests have been made, and her rapists have been threatening her and her family to drop the case. Riots between Muslims and Jat Hindus broke out at the end of August and lasted until the beginning of September, 2013. More than 55 people were killed, hundreds were injured, at least six women were reportedly gang raped, and almost 50,000 people fled to relief camps in the immediate aftermath. The cold winter has led to the death of over 34 children in the relief camps.

Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash Riots Rape Survivors of the Muzaffarnagar Religious Clash RiotsAisha, 45, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) covers her face while she sits for a photo January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, on September 8, 2013, she heard shouts outside her door after the riots started and sent her kids out to flee from the home. Before she could leave, five men that she used to work for in the sugarcane fields grabbed her and took her into another home. They each took turns raping her until she passed out. It took her 10 days to recover from her injuries. She filed a case with the police and they have been offering her money to drop the case. The men who raped her are still walking free, when she goes to the local market they follow her and threaten her. Local muslims have given her a place to live since the attacks. ‘Until the case is settled I am living on Allah’s grace’ she says. Riots between Muslims and Jat Hindus broke out at the end of August and lasted until the beginning of September, 2013. More than 55 people were killed, hundreds were injured, at least six women were reportedly gang raped, and almost 50,000 people fled to relief camps in the immediate aftermath. The cold winter has led to the death of over 34 children in the relief camps.

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