India's riot-hit Muslims make emotional return to homes to vote
Published on Apr 10, 2014 10:12 PM
MUZAFFARNAGAR, India (AFP) - Seven months after fleeing deadly religious riots, mother-of-five Shaina Khatoon and hundreds of other impoverished Muslims made an emotional return to their home villages Thursday to vote in India's election.
After driving for an hour in the back of a truck from a refugee camp, Ms Khatoon, 28, arrived at her village under police escort and went straight to the house she was forced to flee when violence erupted.
"This is where I used to live with my family," Khatoon said as she stepped inside her home, now bare except for a few bricks and clothes.
"How can I return? I have little children, what if we are attacked again?"
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