Hate crimes motivated by religious bias shoot up to a decade-high of 93 in 2018, according to Hate Crime Watch, a multi-organization project led by FactChecker.in, in collaboration with AmanBiradari, a people’s campaign for secularism, justice and compassion based in New Delhi, and NewsClick.in, a public-interest journalism non-profit.
According to the report India has broken the ten years record in the name of religion as 93 time minorities were assaulted while 30 persons were killed. However, 300 people received injuries during these attacks.
In 2018, 30 people were killed in such attacks – the most since 2009 and at least 305 were injured. Eighteen victims were Muslim, 10 were Hindu and two were Christian.
While the year 2018 recorded one death more than the previous year, which had 29 deaths, there were over twice as many non-fatal injuries in 2018 compared to the previous year.
In secular and democratic India, 280 incidents have been recorded since 2009 in which 100 persons including 65 Muslims, 17 Christians and 16 Hindu Dalit’s have been killed in such attacks.
There were 27 attacks occurred in Uttar Pradesh, where BharatiyaJanata Party government led by Adityanath is in power, followed by Bihar, where 10 such attacks were reported. A coalition of the BJP and Janata Dal (United) runs the government in Bihar.
Rajasthan and Gujarat – under BJP governments at the time – and Karnataka which has a coalition government of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), followed with seven incidents each. These attacks resulted in four deaths each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, and three deaths each in Karnataka and BJP-run Jharkhand.
Overall, in 3 of 4 incidents this year, victims were minorities.