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New Fund To Tackle Hate Crimes

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid with former Indian High Commissioner Navtej Singh Sarna and JK Sharma

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announces £375k of new funding to tackle hate crimes agasint Sikhs and Hindus….reports Asian Lite News

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid with former Indian High Commissioner Navtej Singh Sarna and JK Sharma

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid allocates £375k of new funding for groups that have historically faced challenges in reporting and preventing hate crime.

As part of the package, the Police hate crime portal True Vision will be given support to help build a programme to ensure that Sikh and Hindu victims report hate crime. The funds will also help develop awareness of hate crime against these populations.

Sikh and Hindu victims of hate crime often face challenges in reporting incidents to the police, partly because there is evidence that many attacks happen because of anti-Muslim hostility. True Vision’s new funding will ensure that Sikhs and Hindus get the support they need to report hate crimes against individuals and the community.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a stark and important reminder of what can happen when hate and intolerance spirals out of control and specific groups are targeted simply because of what they believe,” said Sajid. “These funds build upon what Government is already doing through the Hate Crime Action Plan to challenge the misperceptions that lead to hate crime and support victims from the Sikh and Hindu communities to stand up and report incidents. Let me be clear. Hate crime has no place whatsoever in British society. We will not stand for it.”

Minister for Faith and Integration Lord Bourne said: “This new funding will support communities most at risk that may find reporting and preventing hate crime challenging for a variety of cultural and historical reasons.

“Every community in Britain should feel confident in standing up to the perpetrators of hate crime and make it clear that hate and intolerance is entirely unacceptable.”

Targeted groups

In addition to True Vision, the hate crime funding package will also support a number of organisations who represent marginal groups, including:

Show Racism the Red Card: a campaign to unite young people of different backgrounds using professional footballers and their clubs to educate against racism.

Sophie Lancaster Foundation: a charity set up following the murder of 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster in Lancashire in 2007that seeks to challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures. Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, visits schools around the country to instill tolerance in young people through education.

The Traveller Movement: a charity that aims to improve reporting rates for hate crimes against the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Additional funding will go to National Hate Crime Awareness week that takes place each October to develop the scope and depth of the programme and to encourage collaboration between anti-hate crime charities across the country.