ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Internally Displaced Muslims of Western Uttar Pradesh

The threats and fear continue for the Muslims affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots in western Uttar Pradesh last year. Added to the pathetic conditions of the camps where they have fled to is the government's unclear defi nitions and non-transparent relief measures. Even as Muslims continue to move out of areas where sustained hate-mongering has made their lives miserable and lose their livelihoods in the process, many of those who have filed police cases fi nd they are welcome back only if they take back their complaints.

The threats and fear continue for the Muslims affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots in western Uttar Pradesh last year. Added to the pathetic conditions of the camps where they have fled to is the government’s unclear definitions and non-transparent relief measures. Even as Muslims continue to move out of areas where sustained hate-mongering has made their lives miserable and lose their livelihoods in the process, many of those who have filed police cases find they are welcome back only if they take back their complaints.

Since May 2014 I have visited the districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and interacted with the victims of communal violence and the activists who have been working with them during the last one year. I stayed in Muzaffarnagar city and Kandhla town in Shamli district, and spoke to people still living in refugee camps and in those places where they have settled (or are in the process of settling) in rented houses or land/houses they bought with the compensation given to them.

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