Religious Crimes in Developing Countries: Indian Perspective
Volume III, Issue II, 2020
India has experienced many precedents of what is referred to as hate crime or communal violence since independence. This communal violence has badly affected India’s religious minorities like muslims, Sikhs and Christians. This type of violence is mainly for used for social, economic and political gains. This type of violence is frequently met with mobs and in certain cases direct collaboration with state actors, ranging from exhorting violence through hate speech and denying to properly investigate the incidents after they have occurred. It follows that communal violence further exhorting the disparage of those affected and to those who face high levels of uncertainty alongside merger access to justice. These minorities have long been the target of different types of persecution such as threats, hate crimes, forced conversions and attacks on places of worship. Although in recent years there has been rise in incidents of communal violence against India’s religious minorities. Threats, hate speech and a wave of attacks around cow slaughter have particularly targeted muslims as well as to people who belongs to lower castes. Now a days, this violence has led to greater fear amongst religious minorities in particular muslims. Also christians have recently faced communal violence at the hands of mob who have attacked churches with false claims of forced conversion; reports of some minor cases of violence against sikhs community have recently emerged as well.