More than forty-six have died and over 200 injured in Delhi in fights between Hindus and Muslims. It is so bad in some areas of Delhi that board exams of class 10th and 12th have being postponed for safety.
These deaths and injuries have mainly happened because of stones being hit and guns being fired. The police has been firing pellets (small bullets) and releasing tear gas (a harmful gas) at protesters. Shops have been burnt and people have lost their houses.
When did the riots begin?
The riots (which means violent fighting) began just before president Donald Trump’s visit to India – on the 23rd of February, 2020. At the time, Delhi metro had briefly shut down entry and exit to a few stations for safety. CBSE Board also delayed examinations.
The Delhi police has filed more than 369 FIR’s (an FIR is a First information Report – it is made when a person or persons break the law – basically it is a complaint written down by the police against such a person or persons).
The Courts have started listening to victims of the riots and have begun asking the government to take steps to protect people who are affected by these riots.
Where in Delhi are these riots happening?
These riots are going on in the North-East of Delhi, mainly in Bhajanpura, Jafrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh and Khureji Khas.
Who is against whom ?
It’s basically a fight between the Hindus and the Muslims. It started because of protests against the CAA – which is The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. It basically lets people from six religious minorities apply for Indian citizenship, except for Muslims. Every since then many people have been protesting against the law.
Why did the riots begin?
The Muslims have been fighting against the CAA since it has been introduced. As per new s reports, BJP party leader, Mr Kapil Sharma has been seen threatening to forcefully remove the Muslims who were protesting against the CAA.
Delhi and its people have been severely affected. There is no way to say when such violence will end.