Amnesty International India launches interactive website on alleged hate crimes

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Trivandrum: Amnesty International India has launched a new interactive data website called ‘Halt The Hate’ (haltthehate.amnesty.org.in). The new website documents around 498 incidents of alleged hate crimes against Dalits, Adivasis, members of racial or religious minority groups, transgender persons, and other marginalized people which have been reported in mainstream English and Hindi media.

In the absence of official statistics on hate crimes, this website is an important resource for civil society and journalists. In 2017, an alarming number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, according to Amnesty International India.

Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India said, “The first step to ensuring justice and ending impunity for hate crimes – where people are targeted because of their membership of a particular group – is to highlight their occurrence. Through this website, we also aim to highlight hate crimes in India and bring it to public discourse. Our website aims to draw attention to some of these crimes by tracking and documenting them. Unfortunately, the extent of hate crime in India is unknown because the law – with some exceptions – does not recognize hate crimes as specific offences. The police need to take steps to unmask any potentially discriminatory motive in a crime, and political leaders must be more vocal in denouncing such violence.”

‘Halt the Hate’ website documents alleged hate crimes against Dalits, Adivasis, members of racial or religious minority groups, transgender persons, and other marginalized people which are reported in mainstream English and Hindi media. It documents 141 incidents of alleged hate crimes against Dalits and 44 against Muslims in 2017, including 69 incidents of killings where at least 146 people were killed. 35 incidents were found where women from these groups or transgender persons faced sexual violence.

“The data on our website is just a snapshot of alleged hate crimes in India. Many incidents are not reported in the media. While criminal investigations have been initiated in some cases, too many have gone unpunished. Authorities need to do much more to ensure justice for victims and their families,” he added.

Kerala IT News

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