A Field Report From 13 Sites Of Hate Crime In Uttar Pradesh: Lingering Fear, Distrust, Justice Delayed, Denied – By Kunal Purohit

With 92 attacks, 2018 recorded the most hate crime in India in a decade, according to Hate Crime Watch, a database of religious identity-based hate crimes across India from 2009 to 2018, maintained by FactChecker.

Uttar Pradesh, as per the 2011 Census, accounts for 16.5% of the country’s population. However, almost a third of the hate crimes recorded in 2018, 26, were reported from one state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s most populous. Since 2009, 61 of the 278 attacks recorded in Hate Crime Watch have been reported from UP.

To understand and investigate why, FactChecker travelled across the state in early December 2018, covering 3,500 kilometres over 14 days. We listened to the main actors on the ground–the victims and alleged perpetrators, the purported eyewitnesses, local politicians, local police, and members of various religious communities.…