In UP, Hate Crimes Are Forcing People to Leave Home In Search Of Safety
– By Kunal Purohit
…The lynching, and the happenings before and after, convinced Ahmad and his family that they had no option but to leave. Ahmad, along with all three of his brothers and their families, left the village in May 2018, exactly a year after Mohammed’s death.
Mohammed’s lynching was among the numerous hate crimes recorded from UP in Hate Crime Watch, a database of religious identity-based hate crimes across India from 2009 to 2018. India’s most populous state, UP accounts for the largest number of such crimes in the database.
This story is the fourth of our six-part series… based on reporting from the site of many of these crimes, which found numerous families who have left their villages in the aftermath of a hate crime, hoping to find safety elsewhere and start life again. In interviews, people spoke of fear as well as a newfound suspicion of neighbours, friends and acquaintances, which had compelled them to keep their final destination secret. Many cited inadequate police support as a reason, too.…
- Pattern emerges in UP hate crimes: ‘Outsiders’ communalise trivial disputes, police step in to selectively act against Muslims – By Kunal Purohit (Jan 24, 2019, First Post)
- The Republic of Thain! Thain! – By Satya Sagar (Jan 23, 2019, Countercurrents)
- Recognising the Pattern in Hate Crimes Across Uttar Pradesh – By Kunal Purohit (Jan 23, 2019, The Wire)
- Dictionary of Ache Din – By Dr Asma Anjum Khan (Jan 23, 2019, Countercurrents)