Ahead of the upcoming students’ union elections at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday night screened a documentary based on the horrific '2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.'
Ahead of the upcoming students’ union elections at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday night screened a documentary based on the horrific ‘2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.’ Titled ‘Muzaffarnagar, Aakhir Kyon?’, the 36-minute-long documentary was screened on the campus in front of 100 odd students. Directed by journalist Vivek Sinha the film claims to portray the truth behind the incident that took place 4 years ago in Muzaffarnagar. According to an Indian Express report, the documentary has been made for the understanding of the people as to “why the riots took place and concludes that it started with a case of sexual harassment which was deliberately communalized.”
While talking about the reason behind the making of the documentary, Sinha said, “The confrontation between two parties led to an escalation of matters and the subsequent riots. The suppression of such incidents, including one at Jolly canal on September 7, 2013, where an alleged “systematic attack” took place on a Hindu mahapanchayat, was the reason he made the documentary.” He further added, “This is what happened on August 27, 2013, when Shahnawaz threatened Gaurav and Sachin’s sister that he would kidnap her. Ab Shahnawaz Musalman hai toh hum kuchh nahi kar sakte iss baat mein. Agar Gaurav aur Sachin Hindu the toh isme kisi patrakar ki galti nahi hai. Haan, par patrakar me itni himmat honi chahiye ki sach ko dikhaye ki ek Hindu ladki ko ek Musalman ladke ne utha le jaane ki dhamki di.”
In the past a similar documentary was made with the title ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai,’ but it was denied permission for screening at JNU. Saurabh Sharma from ABVP on Tuesday while talking about the Muzaffarnagar riots said, “Till now, only a one-sided picture of the riots has been painted. This film shows how a Hindu woman was harassed and later a riot-like situation was started by Muslims. By screening this film, we wanted to question why such incidents of Hindu women being harassed were being suppressed and love jihad was being perpetuated.”