Almost three weeks past of the communal riot but deep mourning continues in the family members of the two Jat brothers in Malakpur village. The two brothers were allegedly killed in a retaliation by the Muslims of Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar just after they killed a Muslim man for eve-teasing their sister.
MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS

Suddenly some village women lower their veil and run into the house…low pitched weeping sounds are breaking the silence at a regular interval in the interior villages…curious eyes are peeping and prying from the small opening of the veils…panicky eyes are here and there…Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) troopers marching the whole day through the almost deserted narrow lanes…  – This is the scenario of the deadly still Muzaffarnagar after almost 20 days of the horrifying communal riot between Muslims and Hindus.

       On 27th August, 2013 two Jat brothers of a girl kill a Muslim man for stalking their sister and later the stalker’s family kills both of them. This revenge killing sharpens the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in Western Uttarpradesh. The two Jat brothers are beaten to death by a gang of agitated Muslims when they go to talk to the family of the stalker in Kawaal, an interior village in Muzaffarnagar. Following the high tension of these brutal murders, situation escalates into a major communal riot claiming about 45 lives and injuring many. Countless Muslims have fled away. Kawaal which was populated by Muslims and Hindus in equal numbers was now a Hindu-majority village. In fact, Kawal is not only the village in Muzaffarnagar to have witnessed such communal violence and a resulting transformation in population. In all villages where the Hindus were predominant, the Muslims have left their homes. And the reverse has happened in Muslim majority villages.

       After the killing of the Muslim man by the two Jat brothers, soon a Muslim mob lynches the two men. The cremation of the two community members has been rallied by thousands of Jats of the region. On their way back to home, the Jats armed with swords, country made pistols, enter the Kawaal village and loot Muslim houses, shops, destroys the property of mosque. A Mahapanchayat organized by the Jats to defend the honor of “their women” evokes the Muslims to arrange their own panchayats to counter the violence and to organize themselves which later results into this communal riot and claims about 45 lives, displace about 40,000 people, mostly Muslims. The riot victims take shelters at relief camps in Muzaffarnagar and its outskirts. After about 20 days of this incident, an unknown panic has still been chasing the riot victims and delaying more with their futile attempts to come back to their normal life again.

Madhu, a resident of Mallakpura is an eager learner and wants to pursue college after finishing school from the local Bharti Inter College in Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar. But her dreams lie shattered today. Her cousin was among the two Jat boys who were killed by Muslims following an altercation after they tried to stop them from teasing Madhu. The incident was the trigger for the communal riot.
A photograph of Sachin Singh is hanging loosely on a wall inside his room in Malakpur village in Muzaffarnagar of West Uttar Pradesh. He is one of the Jat brother who was allegedly killed in a retaliation by the Muslims of Kawal village of Muzaffarnagar after they killed a Muslim man for eve-teasing their sister.
Tears are unstoppable.
Mohammad Salim, father of Shahnawaz denies the fact that his son eve-teased the Jat girl. On 27th August, 2013 Shahnawaz was allegedly killed by the two Jat brothers of nearby Malakpur village for eve-teasing their sister, in Kawaal village in Muzaffarnagar.
Mohammad Salim, father of Shahnawaz at his house in Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar of West Uttarpradesh, is telling to the policemen that how brutally his son was killed by the two Jat brothers.
Though several days past but tears is hard to control by the family members and relatives of the two Jat brothers in Malakpur village in Muzaffarnagar. Women are in deep mourn after losing their nearest ones in the riot.
Deserted houses, panicked eyes, marching sound by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) troopers- this is the scenario of the deadly still Muzaffarnagar after almost 20 days of the horrifying communal riot between Muslims and Hindus. Armed forces are always in alert to keep the situation calm during this high tension moment after the communal riot.
Armed forces are always alert to keep the situation calm during this high tension moment after the communal riot.
Family members who lost their loved ones in the communal riot in Muzaffarnagar, are in deep mourn.
An old Jat woman is sitting outside her house in deep mourn. Her family members fled away after the communal riot leaving her alone.
Armed forces are always alert to keep the situation calm during this high tension moment after the communal riot.
Females are crying holding each other after losing their nearest ones in the riot.
Curious eyes are peeping and prying from the inside of the houses in a Jat village in Kakra in Muzaffarnagar. An unknown terror is in the air though several days past after the communal riot.
Severely injured males of Jat community at a relief camp in Kakra village in Muzaffarnagar. Majority of them lose their nearest ones and are in deep mourn. This horrifying incident has left so much terror that people are still attempting fruitlessly to return to their normal life.
Muslim men are in a refugee camp in Muzaffarnagar after the communal riot. Near about 20 days has past but an unknown fear is still visible on the faces.
Women of Jat community at a relief camp in Kakra village in Muzaffarnagar. Curious and panicked eyes inside the veil are common views after the communal riot.
Muslim women are in a refugee camp in Muzaffarnagar after the communal riot. Near about 20 days has past but an unknown fear is still visible on the faces.
Childhood innocence is also insecured in the communal riot affected area. A group of terrified Muslim children in a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar after the communal riot.
Almost 20 days past but women of both communities have been spending their lives in panic and unknown fear in the riot affected villages in Muzaffarnagar.
Muslim women and children are in a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar after the communal riot. Near about 20 days has past but an unknown fear is still visible on the faces.
No body knows if they will be able to start a normal life again after this dark stage of their life.