Violence against Muslim people and groups is increasing in India. Along with the infamous riots in Gujarat in 2002 and Muzaffarnagar in 2013, sexual violence has emerged as key weapon when targeting women. There have also been significant policy and legal changes in India, targeting the rights of Muslim people, such as proposed ‘Population Policy’ in the state of Uttar Pradesh seeking to control women’s reproductive rights. Many other policies implemented by the ruling BJP party and movements by Hindutva groups are restricting and dismantling the rights of Muslim people and groups.

Purpose of research

This action research will bear witness to, document, and analyse the backlash against Muslim women’s rights in India. It will contribute to efforts to mobilise and organise Muslim women across several states in the country to counter backlash against their rights.

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