Council has teamed up with the home office and police forces to report any sort of hate crimes in the community, reports Asian Lite News.
It has been reported that there is an increased number of offensive graffiti and abuse hurled at people because they are members of ethnic minorities or because of their nationality in the recent days. In response to this, the Hindu Council UK has launched the Online Hate Reporting Portal for the Hindu Community to register all Anti-Hindu hate crimes or racial incidents.
Umesh C Sharma, Chairman, Hindu Council UK said, “Following the EU Referendum a surge in the racist incidents, hate speeches and attacks on ethnic minorities has been registered across the United Kingdom. In addition, there have been many reports of ethnic minorities being taunted with `go back home’ and similar sentiments. The Hindu Council UK is working with the Home Office, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Metropolitan Police & other Police Forces across the UK to ensure measures are being taken to step up security and policing in all areas where such incidences are reported”.
Dipen Rajyguru, Hindu Council UK’s Director of Equality and Diversity, said, “We respect the outcome of the Referendum. We also understand that people voted in this referendum for more reasons than just immigration. However, Immigration was a defining issue in the Referendum debate and will be widely recognised as the main reason the UK voted to leave the EU. I would urge everyone in the Hindu Community who experiences any racism or hate crime, however small, to report it to the police as soon as possible. In addition, we would encourage the Hindu Community to register all incidents on the special portal that the Hindu Council UK has created.”.
Online Hate Reporting Portal: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_x4-9w1ylBTLmP6rM8WfFqcTHeBk2r82RkIS1Nw_hvI/viewform
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new action plan to monitor and tackle the growing number of hate crimes in the country. Announcing the new regulations, he said: “We do monitor these attacks and the Home Secretary gets regular reports, but I can tell the House that we will be publishing a new action plan on tackling hate crimes shortly to step up our response. We want new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and supporting victims. The United Kingdom needed new guidance for prosecutors on racially aggravated crime and allocation of additional funding to community organizations to tackle hate crimes”.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, national lead for hate crime has said that the police forces are working closely with their communities to maintain unity and tolerance and prevent any hate crime or abuse following the EU referendum. The Hindu Council UK urges faith communities to come together in a spirit of unity to establish a platform of hope in the face of much division today.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
This can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. It can include Physical assault and violence, including sexual violence, Threats and intimidation, Verbal abuse and harassment, Offensive mail or emails, Graffiti, or Property damage.