Female Muslim NGO worker thrown out of village

Fauzia Anjum, a NGO worker with the Gramin Poorna Yojana and Asian Bridge India was involved in the distribution of toiletries to women folk since the initiation of the lockdown in Bhatpurwa village, Varanasi while staying at the house of Sarita who was also involved in the same work. During Fauzia's stay, Sarita and her husband began facing threats from the villagers regarding the presence of a Muslim at their place. They were even refused transactions by the traders in the area citing Fauzia's presence. This led to the villagers staging a protest in front of Sarita's house demanding that Fauzia be sent away or they would set the house on fire. Police arrived on the spot and took Fauzia away. She was later sent to her Uncle's house. Fauzia said that she has been working in the same field for the last two years and this incident was a first with her. She said that she never faced such an issue in the villages where she had earlier worked but that the situation has been communalized now.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed No
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Main Information
Date of incident: April 27, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Denial of access to public spaces/institutions
  • Harassment
  • Housing discrimination
  • Social boycott
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Fauzia Anjum
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Varanasi
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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