The Muzaffarnagar Riots



This report was filed in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots that had claimed lives from both communities-Jats and Muslims. It had led to widespread fear, damage of property and an atmosphere of extreme polarization. One of the first events reported from Muzaffarnagar was an incident of eve-teasing that was not looked at by the Police. There had been complaints of the police unwilling to file FIRs if the men accused were Muslims. The Samajwadi Party at the helm of affairs had often wanted to protect their core voter base. This time around a simmering discontent played out in the most violent form as the two sides clashed. The death of two boys of the Jat community sparked off a fire that engulfed one and all.

This investigation was aimed to find out the ground reality as it existed months after the riots. It was four months since six women came forward and registered cases of rape. These were Muslim women who had accused their Jat neighbors, employers of rape and violence. No accused had been arrested till then. The police had claimed helplessness saying the men couldn’t be traced. The Special Investigation Team handling these cases has asked the police to nab 22 accused, some of whom were roaming freely when CNN-IBN team traveled to Phugana village in Muzaffarnagar. Jan, 2014 Watch it here. The report further tried to expose the politics of riot compensation and the riot-relief camps that were showing no signs of closing down. The documentary was part of the body of work commended by the Chameli Devi Jain Award committee.

  • You can't see this violence, so no one believes it happened. Look for it, maybe it's tucked in folds of your legs or the fear in your eyes. Did the field record your screams, did your neighbors note the time when you were thrown to the ground? Did you preserve all the medical evidence, why didn't you rush to a hospital, a hospital in the middle of a riot.