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Up to 50 Hate Crimes Are Reported Everyday in London

Up to 50 hate crimes are reported to the police in London every day, adding up to 19,000 in 2018, a City Hall report revealed

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Hate crime of any kind cannot be tolerated and we need to ensure that all Londoners can live without physical or verbal prejudice. Pixabay

Up to 50 hate crimes are reported to the police in London every day, adding up to 19,000 in 2018, a City Hall report revealed on Monday.

With offences on the rise since 2011, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee published a new report calling for more action from London Mayor Sadiq Khan to tackle hate crime in the capital.

The report shows homophobic hate crime reported to London’s Metropolitan Police is up 81 per cent and racist and religious hate crime is up 107 per cent since 2011, Xinhua news agency reported.

The study also shows disability hate crime is up 215 per cent and transphobic hate crime is up 261 per cent.

Most of the hate crime the police record is classed as racist and religious hate crime. In 2018, there were over 16,500 racist and religious hate crime offences.

Apart from the Metropolitan Police, other police services in London are also recording an increase in hate crimes.

British Transport Police (BTP) said that in London in 2018-19, it recorded 2,064 hate crime offences, a slight increase on the previous year.

Around one in four of the offences are committed against railway staff and over half are reported on London Underground trains, said the report.

It said hate crime is recorded across all parts of London, but many offences are concentrated within a few boroughs. Westminster, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Barnet regularly appear in the top five boroughs for the different strands of reported hate crime.

Spikes in racist and religious hate crime also occurred following events like the EU referendum and London Bridge attack, the report added.

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Most of the hate crime the police record is classed as racist and religious hate crime. In 2018, there were over 16,500 racist and religious hate crime offences. Pixabay

London Assembly member Unmesh Desai, who chairs the committee, said: “These statistics are alarming and not representative of the vast majority of people living in the capital.

“Hate crime of any kind cannot be tolerated and we need to ensure that all Londoners can live without physical or verbal prejudice.”

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Desai said organisations working across London to tackle hate crime and support victims are faced with a growing number of victims that need help.

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee called on the Mayor to strengthen efforts to tackle hate crime to ensure that victims can access the support they need. (IANS)

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Rapists are ‘Shaitans’ Disguised in Human Form: Salman Khan

Bollywood celebrities take to twitter to express their views on the recent rape incident in Hyderabad

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Bollywood Actor Salman Khan addressed rapists as "the worst kind of 'shaitans' disguised in the human form." Wikimedia Commons

Salman Khan has condemned the brutal incident of gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian on the outskirts of Hyderabad on November 27.

The Bollywood superstar took to social media to vent his anger against the culprits who committed the heinous crime. Salman Khan addressed them as “the worst kind of ‘shaitans’ disguised in the human form.”

Since the last couple of days, hashtags demanding justice for the gang-rape and murder victim have been trending on Twitter.

Using such a hashtag, Salman Khan tweeted, “These are the worst kind of ‘shaitans’ (devils) disguised in the human form! The pain, torture and death of innocent women like Nirbhaya should now get us together and put an end to such ‘shaitans’ who live among us, before any other innocent woman…

“…and their family go through this extreme agony and loss as this has to be stopped. Let betii bachao not be just a campaign. This is the time to let these demons know that we all stand together. May (victim’s name) soul rest in peace.”

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Along with Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan took to twitter to express his disgust over the rape incident in Hyderabad. Wikimedia Commons

Another Bollywood actor, Varun Dhawan, has also expressed his disgust over the incident and raised his voice demanding justice for the victim’s family.

Using the hashtag seeking justice for the victim, Varun tweeted: “We as Indians discuss and are passionate about so many things. The entire country needs to come together and stop rapes from happening. Why is it that girls can be harmed so easily. Why aren’t these evil bastards scared of the law?”

“Right now the only focus has to be on making sure this girl and her family gets justice,” he added in a separate tweet.

Demanding quick investigation into the case, fashion photographer and film producer Atul Kasbekar took to social media to remind everyone that the culprits of the 2012 Delhi gangrape case have not yet been hung.

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The hashtag #NoMercyToRapists is trending on Twitter. Pixabay

He tweeted, “When the criminal justice system fails to be an effective deterrent, the run of heinous crime is unabated. In case of rape/murder:

– we must have quick investigation n arrests
– fast track courts
– quick dispensation of the sentence

PS: The #Nirbhaya killers haven’t been hung as yet.”

On Sunday afternoon, the hashtag #NoMercyToRapists also started trending on Twitter with netizens demanding severe and immediate action against the four accused in the gruesome gang-rape and murder incident.

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People across the country are demanding capital punishment for the rapists and voicing their protests on social media as well as taking to the streets. (IANS)