Big Picture: Looking back at 2013

StoriesThey were among the faces of the tragedies.... As 2013 draws to a close, they are beginning to put the past behind.

They were among the faces of the tragedies and stories that played out in 2013. As the year draws to a close, they are beginning to put the past behind. The shadows still haunt, but they are willing to believe 2014 will be a New Year...

1. Muzaffarnagar riots: Gulab Ali has been staying for the past four months at a relief camp in Sanjhak village of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. While most riot victims living in camps have been struggling to meet basic necessities like food and protection from the biting cold, Gulab has been missing his books the most.

Muzaffarnagar riots: 'I want to become an IPS officer so that I can stop people fighting' by Pritha Chatterjee

2. 5-year-old Delhi Rape victim: In Delhi, the memory of December 16, 2012, was still raw, and the stomach-churning assault on a child added fuel to the accumulating rage against the system. The family left the east Delhi neighbourhood because the questions would not go away. From police stations to shelter homes, the father says he encountered indifference—from the police officer who bribed him with Rs 2,000 "to keep things quiet" to the shelter where his ailing daughter was allegedly slapped, and which evicted her without a day's notice.

5-yr-old Delhi rape victim:'She loves school, has a best friend now' by Amrita Dutta

3. Bihar mid-day meal tragedy: Neha Kumari (10), who also ate the rice and soyabean curry that day, had to be hospitalised and remained there with 23 other village children for about a month. She still complains of cough and intermittent fever. Though she has no complications because of poisoning any more, her father Baliram Mishra continuously worries for his daughter.

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