Ground Report | New Delhi: Rising religious riots in India; In India, as in other parts of the world, much of 2020 was spent in lockdown due to the global coronavirus epidemic. Other crimes declined during this period due to broader transportation restrictions, but there was a significant increase in religiously motivated clashes. India had a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 last year.
Rising religious riots in India
According to an official report released on Thursday, September 16, the number of incidents of religious riots in 2020 has doubled compared to 2019.
According to the latest report ‘Crime in India 2020’ published by the National Office of Crime Records in India, 857 cases of sectarian and religious riots were registered in the country last year, while in 2019 the number of such cases was 438, in 2018, it was 512.
In addition, 520 of these religious riots took place in New Delhi alone, which was the center of protests against controversial civil law.
Violent riots in Delhi
Delhi, witnessed its worst religious riots in February last year. The violent riots erupted as a result of the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government.
The north-eastern part of Delhi, where the majority of the Muslim community resides, was badly affected by the riots. Two days of riots killed 53 people and injured 200. The victims included both Hindus and Muslims, but the number of Muslims was high. Amnesty International has accused Delhi Police of human rights abuses during the riots.
Riots in Bangalore
A few months later, in August 2020, religious riots broke out in Bangalore, a city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, which is considered an important place in the digital world, following an alleged Facebook post insulting the Prophet of Islam.
Angry protesters set fire to police stations, vehicles, and even the home of a lawmaker’s nephew, who was allegedly involved in the controversial post. Three people were killed and more than 100 were arrested in the clashes.