New Delhi, India – Brothers Amir and Hashem were on their way home from their grandparents’ house in India’s capital, New Delhi, when they were stopped by a group of Hindus, and beaten to death because they were Muslims, their family said. 

The two men were among the 53 people killed in February in the worst religious violence seen in the city in decades. 

Their father Babu Khan recalled when he had to identify his sons’ bodies.

“When they showed us the photos, our world came crashing down,” Khan told Al Jazeera, sobbing.

“Our throats went dry. I can’t even describe their injuries. They were hit so many times, on the head, their throats were slit, knife or sword injuries on the head.”

Deadly violence broke out

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