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Compensation to  Gujarat Riot Victims


Public Meeting

Fatwa on Terrorism issued by Mufti Fuzail-ur-Rahman Hilal Usmani
(Pronounced in person at a Public Meeting, “Citizens Against Terror”, organized by Citizens for Justice and Peace, Muslims for Secular Democracy and others in Mumbai on July 27, 2006).

Text of Fatwa: Hindi | Urdu | Marathi | Gujarati

Message from Sajjadanashin Of
Hazrat Khwaja Saheb,
Ajmer Shari

Press Coverage of Meeting

Statement of Condemnation
(Mumbai Blast)


SC judgment
Re-trial of Best Bakery Case
outside Gujarat

(April 12, 2004)

Media Archive



  List of Prosecution,    
  defence witnesses
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the accused
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the weapon
  List of accused  (pdf)
  Contradictory statements  
  by Zahira and family
  Zahira Speak  (pdf)
  Hostile witnesses:    (pdf)
  Criminal consequences
  Modi on NHRC, CJ  (pdf)
  Pending petition for  (pdf)
  re- investigation, transfer
  No appeals  (pdf)
 Partisan prosecutors (pdf)
 Partisan Investigation (pdf)
 Vadodara witnesses (pdf)
  Case History
 Supreme court  
(Mar 8, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
(Full Judgement)  
 ( Feb 24, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
 (Feb 24, '06)
  SC Judgement: transfer
  and  retrial in Mumbai
(April 12, '04)
  SC order expunging
  remarks against
  Teesta, Mihir
  Gujarat HC order
  Dec. 26, '03/Jan 12, '04
  CJP and Zahira file
  SLP in SC
(Aug. 8, '03)
  Zahira/CJP press  
  conference in Mumbai

  (July 7, '03)
  Sessions Court
  Judgement, Vadodara

  (June 27, '03)

News Letter March 2006

Crime Against

Gujarat Riots
 Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report


Crime Against

( Abridged Version)


Gujarat 2002


October 20, 2010

In Defence of HR Defender Setalvad and the Course of Public Justice (Gujarat 2002)

The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) especially its secretary Teesta Setalvad has been made the focus of a malicious and motivated campaign spearheaded by a newspaper run by BJP parliamentarian Chandan Mitra. While legal rebuttals and legal notices are being pursued it is critical that the issue is also countered in the public domain coming at a critical time in our struggle for justice, when criminal investigations against the chief minister, cabinet colleagues and administrative and police top brass ordered by the Supreme Court of India are at a decisive stage. Smt Zakia Ahsan Jafri the victim survivor and co-complainant has also been targeted by Praveen Togadia of the VHP as also the Trial Court Judge hearing the Trial.

The timing of all these allegations is significant. While the Supreme Court is deliberating on allegations of mass murder and criminal conspiracy. The allegations are same, the people making them are different. First a star witness (Zahira) won over by a BJP MLA (Madhu Srivastava (2004), then state of Gujarat and now accused who have been fielded for elections despite being chargesheeted for mass murder and a former employee Rais Khan who has been won over . In 2004 he was accused of kidnapping and digging up graves.

In between a senior supreme court lawyer, another BJP MP who secured his ticket recently after switing sides from appearing for the victims to appearing for the accused! Two accused and the State of Gujarat too have made the same allegations. (please see rejoinder affidavit filed by Teesta Setalvad/CJP in April 2010 )

These tactics are simply to  frighten victims and intimidate us from the course of justice.

While we remain committed to our struggle what is crucial is that all citizens, in India and the world committed to justice and fair play join issue on this point. A false campaign of "perjury" is being made against us. What is in question are critical affidavits filed in the Supreme Court of India by victim survivors through the CJP pointing out the faulty investigation, revealing the names of wrongly arraigned accused by the Gujarat police and in fact, poiting out that high level state collusion had prevented politically powerful accused from being named in FIRs and chargesheets filed by the Gujarat police. (please see attachment--rebuttal by CJP and letter to the SIT, dated Oct 7 2010)

The cruel incident of KauserBano, who's womb ws slit open and a her foetus swirle don a sword is not just being "obliterated" from the narrative; the India Today and Pioneer are making out that this narrative was a concoction of Setalvad's vivid imagination. Never mind the fact that victims have deposed about this incident, named accused allegedly responsible for it and mnost importantly never mind the fact that several newspapers had reported this incident in 2002. (please see attachment Media. Rights Groups and Mass Crimes)

Behind this motivated attack is also an attempt to blot out the narrative of gendered sexual violence that was central to the crimes committed in Gujarat in 2002. Ironically while several women witnesses have deposed to this narrative in the ongoing trials in Gujarat, the State and accused and othert collaborators continue to wish to blot it away. CJP has recently released a Shadow Report to the CEDAW 47th Session in Geneva that was reviewing India's commitment to public justice and reparation.

At this session on October 15 2010, the words of Ms Patten CEDAW Expert aptly sums up the situation.

"I would like to end by saying that the nightmarish atmosphere of terror and violence perpetrated in the state of Gujarat ---more than acts of violence, the language of hate and the rhetoric of enmity have left terrible scars on the secular psyche of India and your history of tolerance and respoect for diversity.
I would urge you to ensure that those responsible be severely punished to avoid a similar carnage being reproduced."



Geneva, October 15 2010
47th Meeting CEDAW Session at Geneva
(CEDAW—Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women)

Cyrus Guzder, Trustee                                 Nandan Maluste, Vice President
Arvind Krishnaswamy, Treasurer               Teesta Setalvad, Secretary


Other Trustees: Alyque Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Javed Anand, Rahul Bose, Cedric Prakash, Ghulam Pesh Imam, Anil Dharker






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