India Hate Lab (IHL)

The Leaflet: Politicians responsible for 56 percent of hate speech, religious leaders only 22 percent, finds new report

A recent report by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights, a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, has confirmed 72 reported incidents of hate crimes (55) and hate speech (17) against religious minorities in the first quarter of 2024 in India.

The findings of the report have also corroborated the report of Washington-based India Hate Lab. Last year, on May 1, the United States Department of State released an annual report on the status of religious freedom in India, titled India 2022 International Religious Freedom Report. The report extensively tabulated incidents of violence in 2022 against religious minorities in India, including killings, assault and intimidation. The report by India Hate Lab has warned 2024 to be a ‘critical year’ for hate speech in India.

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