India: court convicts 23 for crimes during Gujarat riots

A trial court in the west Indian state of Gujarat on April 9 convicted 23 people of crimes committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The individuals were convicted on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, rioting, unlawful assembly, and destruction of evidence over their participation in the killing of 23 Muslims, 18 of whom were women, in the riots that left more then 2,000 dead. An additional 23 individuals were acquitted. This specific incident became known as the "Ode massacre" for the village of Ode, where Muslim families were locked in homes that were subsequently set on fire. The Ode massacre is the third out of 10 incidents during the riots that have been probed by an independent Special Investigating Team.

From Jurist, April 9. Used with permission.

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