“Any crime that is motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity, can be classed as a hate crime”. It is usually violent, which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership (or perceived membership) in a certain social group. “Hate crimes are pernicious; they send the message that some people deserve to be targeted solely because of who they are or who they are believed to be. As such, they have impact over wider society, beyond that on individual victims. (quoted from UK Hate Crime Action Plan, 2016)
Citizens Against Hate is a collective of individuals and groups committed to a secular, democratic, and caring India. We challenge rising hate, intolerance and divisiveness in the country. Hate has spilled onto our streets with a spate of violent crimes against vulnerable populations – minorities, dalits, and women among others – and those who speak for them. This is a further jump from the long history of hate crime against the vulnerable groups. Together, we aim to ensure that our country’s high ideals and aspirations of equality, secularism, and democracy are not compromised by hate ideologies and vested interests.