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Screening of a documentary “1984, When the Sun didn’t Rise” was held in London School of Economics, during which a youth questioned the religion of people who came to kill Sikhs in ’84.
“What was the religion of the people that came to kill the Sikhs in 1984?” a young Sikh student asked while watching the documentary. Answering to it, Director of the movie Teenaa Kaur Pasricha replied, “They had no religion since no religion of the world preaches hatred towards any community”.
With a recent development, Delhi High Court on Thursday said that a letter petition has been received containing a CD which is claimed to be a confession by an accused person in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots cases.
A special bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra informed the parties concerned that it has received a letter containing a CD and issued a notice to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar asking him to file a reply within 10 days.
The court also asked CBI to file its stand on the letter, tagged to the file of one of the convicts in the case relating to the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984, after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
During the massacre riots in 1984, many of the Sikhs have had a worst time ever and had no support from anywhere to rescue except dying.
Speaking on the same issue one Navdeep Kaur Nandre, Sikh, whose family has witnessed the burning of their first child of the family, said, “My paternal aunt is proclaimed mentally-disabled after she saw her first baby boy, my cousin burning and dying when the attackers had lit him in front of the stove in Punjab.”
Getting deeper to the research, Teenaa did first-hand research on the massacre of Sikhs that took place in India between 31st Oct to 3rd Nov in 1984 after spending 5 years in following the people, she completed the film which has won awards and recognition from film festivals around the world.
While discussing to a media person, director mentioned it a mission to spread awareness, when asked the reason of her directing this movie, “Mission is to raise awareness on the violence that took place because unless we recognize the term “Genocide” and have a separate law to deal with menace of this crime against humanity, we can’t do justice to the victims.. Had there been justice in 1984, violence in 1992 and 2002 against Muslims would not have taken place. The answer to violence can only be compassion towards humanity and a stand for truth and justice.”
She started the screenings in Universities and public venues in India since June 2017 and went out to UK after a student organisation stood by her and facilitated the screening in prestigious universities of London and UK. Since she is not affiliated with any political organisations, she is doing crowdfunding.
By this initiative of the movie director, masses have joined and taken it to a large level to broaden the knowledge level and also they have been supporting towards Teena's campaign by contributing on www.ketto.org/fundraiser/1984filminUk.
Director of the movie expects more hands to spread the awareness about the riots, saying "It will be a great help if more people can take initiative to provide fund so that we can do more campaigning to spread the awareness of the '84 riots."
(Writer in an Assistant News Editor of NewsMantra)