Editorial (Nagalim Voice July/August 2023): Hate Crime elements

Nagalim Voice July/August 2023



What exactly is the terminology of “hate crime”? A hate crime is a crime motivated by bias against race, colour, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Such a crime may also covers conspiring or asking others to commit such crime.

Hate crime in short means physical assault, verbal abuse and incitement to hatred. Thus, a person is guilty of hate crime offense if he or she maliciously and intentionally commits one of these acts. Certainly, powerful forces from higher level are involved to plant and spread “hate crime elements” to create this ethnic pogrom in Manipur.

The crime of ethnic crisis that is happening in Manipur is an emotive issue of hate against each other. Given the enormity of the crime it has taken the “bloody colour” of crime against humanity. This means there is systematic attack with direct knowledge and involvement of the state government machinery in pursuant to or in furtherance of its policy with the backing of religious fanaticism as indicated by the ruthless manner when more than 300 Christian Churches were desecrated and destroyed.

As days go by, the casual manner of the central government even after more than 100 days was greeted with derision. This portends trouble of great magnitude as the hate crime elements has dug in too deep to dislodge themselves on their own. Who instigated and planted the hate crime elements? Obviously, the answer may not be far to seek.

What is happening today in Manipur is that everything was made easy to let killings swept by the tempest of hate violence.


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