Thursday, April 12, 2012

18 In A Hindu Mob Given Life Sentences In India

Hinduism, much like modern Judaism, often gets a free pass amongst US atheists. Atheists as a group don't like to label radical Hindus and Jews, well, radical Hindus and Jews. I do not hold to that policy. In the spirit of pointing out religiously motivated crimes on the subcontinent here is the latest chapter in the sad tale of how in 2002 Hindu rioters burned 23 Muslim women and children alive. We can take some solace that some justice has been eeked out from this faith-based tragedy.

From the BBC: Indian court sentences Gujarat rioters to life
A court in India has sentenced 18 people to life imprisonment for the murder of Muslims in religious riots in Gujarat state 10 years ago. 
Five others were given seven years and another 23 were acquitted earlier.

The group were found guilty of burning 23 Muslims to death in a house where they had taken shelter from rioting mobs in the village of Ode.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died when riots erupted after a train fire killed 60 Hindu pilgrims in 2002.

It was one of India's worst outbreaks of religious violence in recent years.

Muslims were blamed for starting the train fire, and Hindu mobs eager for revenge went on the rampage through Muslim neighbourhoods in towns and villages across Gujarat in three days of violence following the incident.

However, even though some of the mob have been punished, the living conditions for a significant amount of the victims ten years on is deplorable.

... More than 1,000 people, according to the government's own estimate, were killed. Property worth nearly $60m (£38m) was destroyed. An estimated 200,000 people were displaced. Ten years later, around 25,000 of them still languish in relief camps (emphasis mine) - this, in a state which won international plaudits for rehabilitating victims of a massive earthquake in 2000. Many have moved into newer ghettos. Ahmedabad is the most ghettoised city in India. - from BBC's India's Gujarat riots: 10 years on

This, I feel needs repeating, Ten years later 25,000 victims of the Hindu riots are still in camps.

Do I need to say it? I don't think there were any atheists in that mob.

This is Purgatory.

1 comment:

  1. Most likely no atheists in most mobs. Protest maybe, mob, not so much...

    Religion makes people do crazy things. Hindus are no different. I do not write about them much for the sole reason that I know so little about their faith.

    How the hell are 25,000 people still in refugee camps 10 years later? That question needs to be asked. Is the government just not caring about them? Is that because they are Muslim? I would be very curious to learn more on that.


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