Muzaffarnagar riots began with a girl's harassment

In the last three days, 30 people have died in communal violence that has lacerated Muzaffarnagar in Western Uttar Pradesh.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

The riots began with a young girl being harassed last month. Though it was obvious that tension was building, little action appears to have been taken to curb local leaders from exploiting the growing animosity.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

In 10 days, a series of meetings were held by leaders of the two communities that called for violent action and reprisal.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

On August 27, a young girl was being harassed in her village of Kawal by a Muslim boy. Her brother and cousin, both Jats, allegedly killed him.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

They were then lynched by a mob, say officials.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

Between August 29 and 31, a “fake video” was posted on social networks that claimed to show the boys being killed. However, officials say the video is at least two years old and has footage from Pakistan.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

As politicians from different parties held public meetings and delivered allegedly inflammatory speeches, cases were registered against them for unlawful assembly, but nobody was arrested.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

On Saturday, September 7, thousands of farmers attended a large maha-panchayat in Kawal to demand justice for the Jat brothers who had been killed. Politicians from the BJP Congress, and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) attended and addressed the crowd. They are now accused of making incendiary speeches.

Muzaffarnagar riots began with a young girl being harassed

On their way home, the farmers were attacked. The army was called in. 30 people have died in the clashes since Saturday.