In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar witnessed violence on communal lines between Hindu and Muslim communities. According to government reports, 62 people died and more than 50,000 were displaced. Most of the affected population belonged to the Muslim community, which forms a significant minority of the region’s population.
These images were made in the aftermath of the riots. Those affected had fled from their villages and taken refuge in hastily set-up relief camps. Relief agencies were working at providing aid, keeping in view the upcoming bleak winter. Some of them, in addition to distributing material goods, were building residential colonies for rehabilitation. Most of the affected population didn’t want to return to their native villages out of fear of retribution.