Women's Issues: Riots and Rape in Muzaffarnagar India: SHAMLI_ALLISONJOYCE__06-copy

Aisha, 45, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) covers her face with her shawl while she sits for a photo January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, on September 8, 2013, she heard shouts outside her door after the riots started and sent her kids out to flee from the home. Before she could leave, five men that she used to work for in the sugarcane fields grabbed her and took her into another home. They each took turns raping her until she passed out. It took her 10 days to recover from her injuries. She filed a case with the police and they have been offering her money to drop the case. The men who raped her are still walking free, when she goes to the local market they follow her and threaten her. Local muslims have given her a place to live since the attacks. 'Until the case is settled I am living on Allah's grace' she says.

Aisha, 45, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) covers her face with her shawl while she sits for a photo January 22, 2014 in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her, on September 8, 2013, she heard shouts outside her door after the riots started and sent her kids out to flee from the home. Before she could leave, five men that she used to work for in the sugarcane fields grabbed her and took her into another home. They each took turns raping her until she passed out. It took her 10 days to recover from her injuries. She filed a case with the police and they have been offering her money to drop the case. The men who raped her are still walking free, when she goes to the local market they follow her and threaten her. Local muslims have given her a place to live since the attacks. 'Until the case is settled I am living on Allah's grace' she says.