The upper house of the US Congress (Senate) recently passed a bill to help combat the rise of hate crimes against the Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. The bill will support the local law enforcements in controlling the hate crimes.

Need for the Bill

Coronavirus increased the hate crimes against the Asian Americans in the country. According to the Federal Crime Data, the hate crimes were at the highest level in over a decade in the 2019. This has increased further in the 2020 after COVID-19.

The discrimination being reported in the United States are Verbal harassment, physical assault, shunning, coughed or spat on, workplace discrimination or refusal of service.

Situation in California

The California state is facing a greater number of hate crimes. More than 6 million (60 lakh) Asian Americans live in California. They make up more than 15 per cent residents of the state. Between March, 2020 and May 2020, the state had reported more than 800 COVID-19 related hate crimes. According to a study, these incidents have now increased by 1200 per cent

Hate Crimes in India

The IPC (Indian Penal Code) makes hate crimes punishable. Sections 153 A, 153 B, 295 A, 505 (1), 298 and 505 (2) of the IPC says that words spoken or written that promotes disharmony, insults, hatred on the basis of ethnicity, religion, culture, region, community, caste, race, etc is punishable under law.

Other Indian laws that contain provisions related to hate speech are Information Technology Act of 2000, Representation of People Act of 1951 and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.

Hate Crimes in India due to Coronavirus

The hate crimes against Muslims are increasing due to Coronavirus. Rumours are spreading in the country, especially in Jharkhand that Muslim men are deliberately splitting in public places to spread the virus. This has even created group clashes in Gumla, Jharkhand.

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