Criminal Justice

Caste and carnage

Print edition : November 29, 2013

Kunj Bihari Singh, one of the 23 accused of the Bathani Tola carnage acquitted by the Patna High Court, in Bhojpur in May 2012. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Naimuddin, who survived the Bathani Tola carnage in which 21 people were killed on July 11, 1996. The accused in the case, belonging to privileged castes, were acquitted. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

A protest in front of Bihar Bhawan against the acquittal of all the accused in the Laxmanpur Bathe case, in New Delhi on October 11. Photo: Monica Tiwari

The series of five cases of mass murder from Bihar must wake India up to the need to strengthen its capacity to deal with the criminal justice aftermath of caste and communal conflicts.
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