April 15, 2018

India: Haryana, hate crime – outsourced from lynch mobs to men in khaki

In Haryana, these families encountered a different kind of hate crime – at the hands of the police

Hate violence targeting religious minorities seems to have been further outsourced from lynch mobs to men in khaki.

It was a gut-wrenching two days. Between March 29 and March 30, the Karwan e Mohabbat team met nine families in Haryana’s Mewat region who had lost loved ones to hate murders of another kind. Felled not by lynch mobs but by police bullets, in fake “encounters” or extra-judicial killings (and in one case, police torture). The anguish of the families, the near-impossibility of justice and their settled despair, all will long linger with us.