Archives of Violence: Seeking and Preserving Records on Mass Sectarian Attacks in India
National Law School of India Review, Vol. 28, Issue 1, June 2016
16 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2019
Date Written: May 23, 2016
Since India gained independence, it has experienced a number of episodes of targeted sectarian violence against religious minorities. The worst of these episodes have claimed hundreds of lives, injured hundreds, and displaced thousands from their homes. This article evaluates access to information about mass sectarian violence in India.
The article focuses on four occasions between 1983 and 2002 when religious minorities were attacked on a large scale. It discusses an attempt to secure official records related to these four episodes of mass violence using India’s Right to Information Act. The article considers why access to information about these grave atrocities is vital. It proposes that the state create public archives related to mass violence and suggests how it might do so.
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