Jaipur: Muslim Women Allege Assault by Cops After Clash Between Kanwariyas, Muslims
Muslim women in Jaipur’s Rawalji ka Bazar area have accused policemen of barging into their houses, destroying property and mercilessly beating them on the night of August 13, a day after clashes in the Eidgah area of the city erupted between Kanwariyas and Muslims. Three women – Nasreen, Shahnaz and Shafia – have written a letter to the police commissioner.
“A day after stone-pelting happened in the Eidgah area in the city, our neighbours Uma Shankar (an ex-councillor) and his brother Gauri Shankar along with 10-15 policemen broke into our house at night. Despite telling them that there’s no man hidden inside our houses, they damaged our belongings, ripped off our clothes and beaten us with lathis. They also assaulted our 15-year-old daughters and granddaughters,” reads the letter.
Shafia, 52, recalled that she was reading namaz when she heard a heavy beating on her door. Before she could discern what was happening, close to 15 policemen were already inside her house. “The policemen had lathis and guns in their hands. They were searching for some men and when they couldn’t find any, they started beating me,” she told The Wire and added that the policemen destroyed everything when they came unto her house.…
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