Justice for 1984 Sikh Massacre
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From October 31st October 1984 to November 3 1984, 3000 Sikh men, women and children were slaughtered by mobs on the instigation of the members of the then ruling party following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sikhs were killed in the most brutal manner - their necks were ringed with tyres filled with petrol or kerosene oil and then they were set on fire, their wives, mothers, and daughters were raped, and thousands of children were left orphaned.
The carnage of 1984 was a national shame, and it was followed by another: three decades of impunity. For the death of 3000 persons in Delhi alone, less than one per cent have been convicted so far. Only 587 FIRs were registered and 247 cases were closed as untraced.
The agony of the victims of 1984 did not end with their personal traumas. The trauma transcended to the next generation with them suffering the consequences of that violence.
It is time for the politics over the 1984 massacre to end. The victims and survivors’ children and their children’s children have grown up in the shadows of impunity for crimes against their loved ones. We cannot let another generation go by without seeing justice.
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