Life Imprisonment for 21 in Gujarat Riots Case

A relative of one of the convicted persons, center, grieves as the convicts are led away after the verdict in Mehsana, Gujarat on July 30, 2012.

A relative of one of the convicted persons, center, grieves as the convicts are led away after the verdict in Mehsana, Gujarat on July 30, 2012.

“An Indian court on Monday sentenced 21 Hindus to life imprisonment in the deaths of 11 members of a Muslim family during some of the country’s worst sectarian violence 10 years ago,” an Associated Press report said.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed by Hindu mobs in Gujarat after a train fire, allegedly started by Muslims, killed 60 Hindus in 2002.

“The verdict on Monday was the second in nine cases of rioting and murder pending against hundreds of Hindu hard-liners,” the report said. Verdicts on the remaining cases are expected to be issued within a year, as per the orders of the Supreme Court, the highest court in India. The report noted that India’s courts were notorious for long delays.

NewYorkTimes

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