New Delhi: According to a website, Factchecker.in, 10 incidents of hate crimes have been reported across the country in 2019 excluding the recent lynching in Jharkhand. The recent Jharkhand lynching thus becomes the 11th incident of hate crime in the current year.
Before the recent incident of lynching of 24-year old Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand’s Dhatkidih, a Christian Adivasi was also killed by a mob in Gumla in April while three others were injured.
The website also states that between 2009-2019, there have been 287 incidents of hate crimes. According to the data available on the portal, these hate crimes caused 98 deaths and 722 people were injured.
Under the NDA government, which came to power in 2014, 262 hate crime incidents were reported. The total number of such incidents since 2009 is 287. This means that 91% of the hate crimes took place since the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.
BJP was the ruling party of the state in 149 of the incidents while Congress was in government in 49 cases.
Most of these crimes have happened under the pretext of ‘cow protection.’ The hate crime watch available on their website divides crimes under different categories. Context, party in power and type of assault are some of their categories.
The data also says that 59% of victims belonged to the Muslim community while 14% of the time the victims were Hindus. However, a caste-based category is not present on the website.
While reading the data, it can be observed that the hate crimes have spiked since 2013 when 9 cases were reported. There has been a marked increase in the number of such incidents every year since 2013. Last year, 92 cases of hate crimes were reported across the country.
Recently, US Department of State released a report on religious freedom observing that violent attacks have been happening on minorities in India, at times with the government’s encouragement. India however rejected the report saying that a foreign entity doesn’t have the right to pronounce on the state of their citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.
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