Weekly News Roundup – October 8, 2019


Amnesty report: Hate crimes rose sharply the first half of 2019

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Amnesty India’s hate crime tracker has recorded 181 incidents of alleged hate crimes in the first half of 2019, the steepest rise in such incidents since 2015. The count is almost double that of the same period last year, when 100 such cases were recorded. Over two-thirds of the victims were targeted because they were Dalits, while 40 of them suffered on account of their Muslim identity. In 37 reported incidents, the victims were killed. In 30 cases, victims were raped or sexually assaulted, with sexual harassment in another 19 cases.…

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In MP, Gandhi’s Mortal Remains Stolen, ‘Anti-National’ Written on Poster

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Unidentified men stole the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi on the same day as his 150th birth anniversary, and wrote the words ‘anti-national’ on a poster bearing his photograph in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district.… When Congress worker Ram Krishn Sharma and other party members reached Bapu Bhawan to pay tributes to Gandhi on Wednesday, they found that his remains were missing and ‘rashtra drohi’ (Hindi for ‘anti-national’)scrolled on his poster with dark paint.…

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U.S. senator blocked from visiting Kashmir as crackdown enters third month

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U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said he was refused permission to visit Kashmir on his trip to India this week as the Indian government’s clampdown in the restive region enters its third month. Van Hollen is one of nearly 50 members of Congress who have expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir.… Van Hollen, a Democrat who represents Maryland, said he asked to go to Kashmir so he could see the reality on the ground for himself. “If the Indian government has nothing to hide, they should not worry about people visiting Kashmir and witnessing the situation with their own eyes,” Van Hollen said in an interview Friday in New Delhi.…

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