The death of a man in Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand following mob violence is not the first of its kind to happen in India in 2019.
In fact, according to the data gathered by Factchecker.in, this is the 11th instance of hate crime in our country this year.
The data shows that under the Narendra Modi government, 99 persons have been killed and at least 703 hurt in hate crimes prompted by religious prejudice, across 23 of 36 states and union territories in India in the time between May 2014 and April 30, 2019.
Minorities were the target
The data revealed that of the 263 hate crimes reported from May 24, 2014, to April 30, 2019, minorities formed 73 percent of the victims.
Cow protection was most common reason for attacks
Cow protection was the most common reason for attacks triggered by religious bias after 2014, with 77 such hate crimes reported in the last five years.
Overall, 124 cow-related hate crimes were recorded between May 24, 2014 and April 30, 2019, according to a FactChecker database that tracks this kind of hate violence exclusively.
Hate crime not restricted only to Modi govt
Instances of hate crime where people from minorities have been attacked aren’t restricted only to the Modi government. Such conflicts have taken place in the past too.
Between January 2009 and May 23, 2014, 25 hate crimes were recorded across 12 states in which three were killed and 17 others were injured.
The most frequent reason (36%) for hate crime attacks prior to 2014 was religious conversion (nine cases).
On June 18, Tabrez Ansari was tied to an electricity pole, thrashed and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” for allegedly committing a theft. A video of the incident, which took place in Dhatkidih village of Seraikela Kharsawan district, shows Ansari pleading with the mob to stop the assault.
Following Ansari’s death, police had lodged a case against the villagers under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religions or religious beliefs), among others.