What began as small clashes between supporters and opponents of a controversial citizenship law quickly escalated into full-blown religious riots between Hindus and Muslims, in congested working class neighbourhoods on the fringes of the sprawling capital.
Armed Hindu mobs rioted with impunity as the police appeared to look the other way. Mosques and homes and shops of Muslims were attacked, sometimes allegedly with the police in tow. Journalists covering the violence were stopped by the Hindu rioters and asked about their religion.
Videos and pictures emerged of the mob forcing wounded Muslim men to recite the national anthem, and mercilessly beating up a young Muslim man. Panicky Muslims began leaving mixed neighbourhoods.…
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‘Teach them a lesson’: Indian women accuse Delhi police of abuse – By Neha Dixit (Feb 17, 2020, Al Jazeera)
Delhi can learn from Mumbai’s violent history: Communal riots follow a classic pattern of provocation, reaction and police inaction – By Jyoti Punwani (Feb 26, 2020, First Post)
Clean chit to cops – Editorial (Feb 21, 2020, The Tribune)