In 2013, 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.
Over three years later, seven Muslim women who were gang-raped during the violence are yet to receive justice.
As state assembly elections commence in Uttar Pradesh, the gang-rapes of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli are at risk of becoming another forgotten human rights tragedy.
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.