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Muzaffarnagar victims are dying by their droves: Shame for the Muslim community

Some fifteen thousand or so victims of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat anti-Muslim violence of September 2013 are still in camps braving the rising cold, shortage of food and lack of medical facilities. They mostly live in plastic tents while some are fortunate to have proper waterproof tents.

Though most of them are yet to re-start normal life in any sense of the word, they refuse to go back to their erstwhile homes in villages where they witnessed naked violence, rape, murder and arson by their Jat neighbours. They do not want to face that kind of violence again. Bereft of all help, official neglect and civic facilities, they, especially young children and elderly, are open to winter diseases. All are camping on government (forest department) or private land which they will soon have to leave.

Read this latest report in Hindustan Times about how on average one person is dying daily in these camps due to cold — a matter of utter shame for our community.

We appeal to you to rise to this occasion in any way possible:

* Provide woollen duvets and mattresses (Rs 900 per set);

* Provide water-proof tents (Rs 4500 per unit);

* Provide at least one family a 50 sq. yard plot of land to settle on it (Rs 35,000 per unit of 50 sq. yard);

* If you are a physician in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli or even in Aligarh and Delhi, volunteer your time once or twice a month to treat camp inmates (coordinate with us to organise medical camps);

* If you are a lawyer in the vicinity of Muzaffarnagar/Delhi, volunteer to take care of at a few cases.

Charity Alliance has been offering help on whatever scale possible since the violence broke out last September. I have visited the area four times since. We have just opened a coordination office in Kairana to coordinate relief and legal work and to guide where help is most needed. The office, Muzaffarnagar Riot Victims Coordination Committee, is situated on Panipat Road, Opp. Satab Singh Market, Mohalla Aalkalaa Kairana, Distt. Shamli-247774 and will be operational within the next few days. We are also negotiating to buy land in the area to allow the inmate to have a place of their own to rebuild their lives.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan
Chairman, Charity Alliance (Regd Trust)

Charity Alliance (Regd. Trust for relief and welfare in India)
D-84 Abul Fazal Enclave-I
Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi 110 025
Tel. (011) 26942883, 26947483, 26952825

Dilshana Begum, 25, is also among the several grieving mothers who lost their child to cold. Dilshana’s five-month-old-son died five days ago in the Malakpur camp. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

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