New Delhi: The Amnesty India, on Tuesday, released a report which shows the alarming rate at which unrecognized hate crimes occur in India. Around 218 hate crimes have been reported in India in 2018. Uttar Pradesh ranked top among other states for the third consecutive year with 57 cases of hate crimes. Other states that top the list are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Bihar.
A hate crime is a crime where people are targeted because they belong to a particular group.
The hate crimes were reported against marginalized groups, racial and religious minority groups, transgender persons and migrants. Out of 218 reported crimes, 142 were against dalits, 50 against Muslims and eight each against Christians, adivasis and transgenders.
According to the Amnesty India report, forty crimes were reported against dalit women or transgender persons who faced sexual violence in India. Among other crimes that were reported, honour killings and cow-related crimes were common instances.
Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India said the police and political leaders need to take steps to denounce such crimes.
Patel said, “The first step to ensuring justice and ending impunity for hate crimes is to highlight their occurrence. … Unfortunately, the true extent of hate crimes in India is unknown because the law, with some exceptions, does not recognize hate crimes as specific offences.”