NE Racial Slur Could Get You Jail up to Five Years

Published: 03rd January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2015 04:28 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of the slew of hate crimes in the national capital againstpeople from the NorthEast states, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that people from these states will be inducted into the Delhi Police.

Rajnath said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is also considering the proposal made by a high-level committee that looked into the attacks on people from the Northeast. As per the proposal calling anyone ‘Chinki’, ‘Chinese’ or making any other derogatory remark relating to race, culture or physical appearance will be an offence punishable with a jail term of up to five years.

“We are examining the proposal and may add two provisions in the Indian Penal Code by amending the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2014,” Rajnath said.

He also said the recommendation made by the committee will be implemented in the next six months.

The Bezbaruah Committee, in its report,had noted that people from the NorthEast region were demanding that words such as ‘Momos’, ‘Chinkis’, ‘Chinese’, ‘Chichi Chu Chu’ or any other derogatory remark relating to race, culture, identity or physical appearances be made a punishable offence.

Moreover, city Police Commissioner (CP) B S Bassi said inducting 160 youth from the NorthEast into the force will provide an excellent example of the country’s unity in diversity.

 Delhi witnessed a 99 per cent increase in street crime last year compared to 2013. Interestingly, Bassi attributed the increase in crime to the registration of more compliants.

As per statistics released on Friday, the CP said 1.47 lakh cases were registered till December 15, which was almost 99.22 per cent higher than that in 2013. It is almost a 200 per cent jump from 54,287 cases in 2012.

When it comes to street crimes, there is a 185.09 per cent increase. In 2014, the police registered 96,922 incidents of street crimes and in 2013 it was 33,997.

The biggest updike of 459 per cent was registered in robberies, which spiked from 1,106 in 2013 to 6,180 in 2014 followed by theft and burglaries.


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