Over three years ago communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in and around Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in Uttar Pradesh led to the deaths of over 60 people and the displacement of tens of thousands. To date, seven Muslim women who were gang-raped during the violence are yet to receive justice.

This month the state goes to the polls for the first time since the violence, and Amnesty India is releasing a briefing to highlight the plight of the gang-rape survivors. The briefing contains a list of recommendations for the Central government and the next government of Uttar Pradesh to help bring justice for the survivors.

You can help by adding your name in support of the recommendations that will be presented to the Uttar Pradesh and Central governments.

The Recommendations

Amnesty International India urges the new state government of Uttar Pradesh to:

  • Ensure that the investigations and prosecutions into the gang-rape cases are pursued vigorously without undue delay, and those responsible are brought to justice.
  • Investigate reports of threats, intimidation or harassment of survivors or their relatives, and bring suspects to trial.
  • Provide survivors effective legal assistance and services, keep them informed of the status of investigations and prosecutions, and address any concerns they may have.
  • Ensure that survivors are provided adequate rehabilitation, compensation, and other measures of reparation, and that their economic and social needs are met.

Amnesty International India urges the government of India to:

  • Enact a robust law to prevent and respond to communal violence, which incorporates international human rights principles of relief, return, and resettlement.
  • Establish a comprehensive and adequately resourced victim and witness protection programme at the central and state levels.
  • Undertake comprehensive police reforms to insulate the police from political interference and pressure.

Read the full briefing here.