The year 2022 saw an increase in violence targeting Muslims during Hindu festivals in several states of India. Most of the attacks followed a similar pattern: carrying out Hindu festival processions in Muslim-dominated areas, playing anti-Muslim songs on loudspeakers, chanting communal slogans and attacking properties owned by Muslims.
During the Hindu festival of Ram Navami in April 2022, a similar pattern of violence was reported in several states including Karnataka, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Residents of Karauli, a town in Rajasthan, witnessed communal violence for the first time in recent years during the Hindu New Year on 2 April, 2022. The incident occurred when a bike rally organised by several right-wing organisations was crossing a Muslim-dominated area.
One year after the violence, some Muslim residents of Karauli are still waiting for compensation and justice. Many residents also report that there is now a lack of trust between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
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Saif Azam is a freelance reporter. Danishmand Khan is a freelance journalist and a final year journalism student. Abdul Wahid is a video journalist and a final year journalism student.