Thursday, February 09, 2006

more on "Scarred"

Rediff has a report on the launch of the book "Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat", by Dionne Bunsha: 'There is another Gujarat waiting to happen'

From the article and what several poeple spoke about:
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About her experiences while working on the book, she said, "There are people who brag that they have kidnapped up to 400 Hindu girls who dared to marry boys from other religions. They talk with much machismo and bravado about how they beat up the boys and grabbed the women".
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According to Haseena Sheikh, a community worker and a refugee from Pavagadh village, even in Gujarat things haven't changed much. "I still cannot go back to my village. The fear is still there," she said. She said even something as basic as getting a ration card is not possible. "They cite some reason or the other and deny us a card," she said.
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In Dang, a district collector, who has allegedly spent about Rs 1 crore in helping a a body affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will organise a Hindukaran (proselytisation) mela, which will 'show the way for the tribal people of India'.
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Stressing that even today Muslims are traumatised, Jafri said, "The violence won't end." He added: "Our prime minister apologised for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and sanctioned huge compensation for the survivors. Maybe 20 years later, somebody will come up and apologise for the victims of Gujarat."

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