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In New Delhi, Widow Colony is run by the government, providing shelter to several families affected by the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

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  • The makers of upcoming film “31st October” have organised a special screening of the movie
  • Based in New Delhi, Widow Colony is run by the government, providing shelter to several families affected by the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
  • Vir and Soha play a Sikh couple in the film who try to escape from a riot-prone area with their kids post the assassination of the late political leader
New Delhi, Sept 20, 2016: The makers of upcoming film “31st October” have organised a special screening of the movie for the women whose families were affected during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and reside at the Widow Colony here. Actress Soha Ali Khan says it is a way of paying them a tribute.
Based in New Delhi, Widow Colony is run by the government, providing shelter to several families affected by the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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“The film is not made with the intention to give justice to the victims of 1984 riots. We have made this film to share a story. Showing ’31st October’ to the survivors and victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, is our way of giving them a tribute,” Soha said in a statement.

The film’s writer-producer Harry Sachdeva shared that “it’s our privilege and honour to show the film to the victims of anti-Sikh violence of 1984 riots who are still hoping for justice”.

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Also starring Vir Das, “31st October” is based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and its repercussions.
Vir and Soha play a Sikh couple in the film who try to escape from a riot-prone area with their kids post the assassination of the late political leader.
Directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, “31st October” is scheduled to release October 7. (IANS)
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Supreme Court to Scrutinize the Closure of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Cases: Lawyer demands SC probe into Kashmiri Hindu killings

Roots in Kashmir has branded this hypocrisy on the part of the Court as absolute "travesty of justice."

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  • The Supreme Court has decided to scrutinize SIT’s closing of 241 cases related to 1984 Anti-Sikh riots
  • However, the Court dismissed another PIL investigating Kashmiri Hindu Killings in 1990 stating that it has been 27 years since the tragedy
  • Kashmiri Pandit Community’s representative ‘Roots in Kashmir’ has filed a petition against this decision

New Delhi, August 24, 2017: The Supreme Court of India recently decided that it will scrutinize the decision of the Special Investigation Team to close down 241 cases that were related to the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

However, in a different decision, the Apex court rejected PIL that urged the investigation of 1990 Kashmiri Hindu killings. The court stated that the case is 27 years old.

These distinct responses coming from the Apex court have been questioned by “Roots in Kashmir”, the representative of Kashmiri Pandits.

On 24 July, D Y Chandrachud along with CJI J S Khehar dismissed the PIL for investigating Kashmiri Hindu Killings because “the instances referred to in it pertain to 1989-90, and more than 27 years have passed.”

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Roots in Kashmir has branded this hypocrisy on the part of the Court as absolute “travesty of justice.”

The 1984 Anti-Sikh riots are about 33 years old whereas the court dismissed an investigation for a tragedy that is 27 years old. These are the questions that the councel of Roots in Kashmir, Vikas Padora aims at the Supreme Court.

Previously, Padora had questioned the jury bench as to why not a single case out of 215 total registered cases was investigated by Jammu and Kashmir Government. But his powerful speech was snubbed and labeled ‘political’ by the CJI.

The Kashmiri Pandit leaders intend to file a review petition against the decision of the court to dismiss the PIL.

Roots in Kashmir seeks justice for the relatives of the hundreds of Hindus that were slaughtered in the valley.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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