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2020 has seen the deadliest Hindu-Muslim violence for decades in Delhi. And the majority of the victims belonged to India’s Muslim minority. The riots were soon eclipsed by another crisis: coronavirus.But in the months since, people involved in the protest movement say they’re being quietly targeted. India’s government claims it is bringing perpetrators of February’s violence to justice. But activists and monitors are raising questions about these moves: is India’s government trying to silence its critics?
In December 2019, the Indian parliament passed what it called the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The new law grants amnesty to people who came to India illegally from three neighboring Muslim-majority countries. It also offers a fast-track to Indian citizenship. But it includes a key exception. It only applies to non-Muslim migrants. Opponents of the law say is unfair and discriminatory. Over 1,500 people were ultimately arrested or detained in connection with the Delhi riots. Some of those detained or questioned by police say victims of the violence are being treated like perpetrators. Rights monitors say his case is part of an alarming pattern……(read more)