Almost 21 people have been died after India’s capital was hit by the worst religious violence in decades.
Approximately 200 people have been injured during three days of violence in Muslim populated areas of north-east Delhi, with police accused of looking the other way as a mob went on the rampage, killing people and damaging properties, buildings, hospitals including mosques.
India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted US President Donald Trump as the violence continued, has been criticized for keeping mum.
On Tuesday night, civil society members took out a peace march in a solidarity march against the violence.
Wednesday, February 26
What bring about the violence?
The violence was triggered after weeks-long peaceful sit-ins in the Indian capital against a new citizenship law were attacked by Hindu nationalist mobs.
Muslims, India’s largest minority, say the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed last December discriminates against them and goes against the country’s secular ethos.
Parts of the capital descended into violence on Sunday after a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader warned Muslims against continuing with peaceful sit-ins.
Over the next three days, north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, Seelampur, Maujpur, Bhajanpura, Vijay Park, Jafrabad, Chandbagh, Mustafabad and Yamuna Vihar witnessed pitched battles between Hindus and Muslims and read more….