Scars of violence haunt India’s capital after deadly virus

India’s Hindu nationalists watched anti government protest start in Muslim communities for months with angered people, then it finally boiled over in the worst way with riots in New Delhi, leaving 38 people dead and the Indian capital is in a state of shock.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi honored U.S. President Donald Trump on his first visit to India, a moment that was supposed to help the country’s place on the world stage instead became an embarrassment. On February 23, Modi was prepared for Trump’s arrival, a group of Muslim protestors demonstrated in a northeastern corner of the capital against citizenship law, which fast-tracks naturalization for some religious minorities from neighboring countries but not Muslims.

Kapil Mishra, a local leader who lost his Delhi state assembly seat in recent elections, held his own rally, urging police to clear out the protestors. “They want Delhi to burn,” Mishra said. “I am saying this on behalf of the crowd that we will be peaceful until Trump is here. Once he leaves, we won’t even listen to you if the roads aren’t cleared of demonstrators,” he said, referring to the police. By Friday, the death toll from the violence that followed, between Hindus and Muslims who had lived side by side for centuries but attacked each other with guns and swords, metal rods and axes, had risen to 38. More than 200 people were injured, New Delhi police said. “The blood is on the hands of Kapil Mishra. He is responsible for the riots,” said Hari Singh Solanki, a Hindu whose son was shot and killed during the riots.

The riots, the violence, the killing in your own community is petrifying enough to even think about, but could you imagine the fear and heartache these people are facing? What could we do to help?