New Delhi, July 17: Amid the government’s attempts to curb the increasing incidents of mob lynching across the nation, a report by the human rights advocacy group Amnesty International has put Uttar Pradesh at the top of the list of states witnessing hate crimes. Also Read - 'Profiting Off Hate': Facebook Engineer Quits, Pens Scathing Letter Saying Company Is 'On The Wrong Side of History'
According to a Times of India report, Amnesty International says that out of the 100 hate crimes, reported in the first six months of 2018, which have been committed against people from marginalised groups including Dalits and religious minority groups, 18 have been committed in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Gujarat with 13 such cases. Rajasthan witnessed eight, and Tamil Nadu and Bihar witnessed seven cases each. Also Read - Pehlu Khan Lynching: Two Minors Convicted in 2017 Cow Smuggling Case to be Sentenced Tomorrow
The report comes amid the recent horrific incident of a 32-year-old techie being allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Karnataka’s Bidar district on July 13 over child-lifting rumours. Three others were severely injured in the attack and are currently undergoing treatment. Also Read - Jharkhand Mob Lyching: Ranchi HC Grants Bail to 6 Accused in Tabrez Ansari Case
30 people believed to have been part of the mob have been arrested, along with three others who spread the child-lifting rumours on WhatsApp, including the administrator of the group.
Lynching incidents on similar suspicions, often based on rumours spread on social media, have been reported over the past several months.
The Amnesty report said that in the first six months of 2018, a total of 67 hate crimes against Dalits and 22 against Muslims were reported across the country.
The report showed that cow-related violence and honour killings were among the most common reasons behind the hate crimes. It further said that in Uttar Pradesh, the western part of the state witnessed the most number of incidents of hate crimes triggered over religion and caste.
According to media reports, more than 20 people have been lynched across the country over rumours of child abduction in the last two months.
Though the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) does not specifically track lynchings, the incidence of mob killings and vigilantism has been on the rise.
“Hate crimes are different from other crimes because there is an underlying discriminatory motive behind the former. However, the law – with some expectations – does not recognise hate crimes as separate offences. This means that even today, the extent of hate crime in India is unknown. Police need to unmask any potentially discriminatory motives during investigation and duly record them,” Times of India quoted Aakar Patel, executive director, Amensty International India, as saying.