Life has gotten worse after 2002. Boys living in the resettlement area don’t get jobs because they are Muslims. The Hindus who live across the road call my area Pakistan and their side Hindustan. When we protested against the Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act, stones were pelted at us from across the road.”
In Godhra, a Muslim-majority city in Gujarat where the 2002 violence began, a local doctor told DW that the Muslim community there has accepted its status as “second-class” citizens.
“The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (a right-wing Hindu organization) and the police are linked together. If any Muslim boy ever gets caught by the cops, then no local or lawyer can dare come forward to help him,” said Shujaat Wali.