A campaign to remind the government of its failure to punish the guilty
A travelling photo exhibition documenting the horrors of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence that erupted after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was on display at the Arts Faculty at Delhi University’s North Campus on Monday.
The exhibition comprising 80 photographs will, in the coming days, also be displayed at Jail Road, Patel Nagar, Kalkaji, Bangla Sahib Gurdwara and finally culminate at Jantar Mantar on November 3. It is part of a campaign to remind the Indian Government of its failure to punish the guilty and provide justice to the victims and survivors of the violence.
Some of the photographs show buildings set on fire at Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk and Trilokpuri. One photograph shows dogs feeding on a burnt human body. In another, the windows of former President Giani Zail Singh’s car are shattered.
In a photograph shot at INA Market, a mob is holding a Sikh man by his hair while some men are hurling stones at him. One photograph shows a mob at AIIMS crossing. Another one shot at the New Delhi Railway Station shows two bodies of Sikh men lying on a trolley-cart while people walk by staring at the corpses.
A number of affidavits submitted by widows of men murdered during the violence are also on display. Most of the photographs on display at the exhibition were shot by Ashok Vahie and Ram Rahman.
On Tuesday, the exhibition will travel to Jail Road and on Wednesday it will be on display at Patel Nagar near Satyam Cinemas and in the evening at Kalkaji B-Block. On November 1 and 2, the exhibition can be seen at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara. On November 3, a public demonstration and a candlelight vigil will be held at Jantar Mantar.