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India: We won’t back down in the struggle for a secular, peaceful India.

Friday 19 October 2018, by siawi3

Source: Citizens for justice and peace, cjpindia, 9 Oct 2018, 15:00

We won’t back down in the struggle for a secular, peaceful India.

This past week, we’ve made a new development in our Hate Watch campaign, which is our initiative to fight hate of all kinds and aim for justice deliverance.

Recently, several citizens’ organisations in Varanasi alleged, in a letter submitted to district officials, that a mob of members of the Hindu Yuva Shakti Sangathan vandalised the 200-year-old St. Thomas Church in Godaulia. Multiple Facebook profiles allegedly belonging to these Hindutva extremists have shared inflammatory content on Facebook, containing threats against the Christian community in Varanasi.

We swung into action and composed a statement in support of the letter submitted by Varanasi citizens’ groups, that we sent to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and also copied to the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police, and Facebook.

In our statement we:
Called on the NHRC to monitor the situation in Varanasi, and take action over hate speech on Facebook.
Urged Facebook to look into their ongoing enabling of the spread of hate speech
Called on the police to take action against those responsible for incident, including those spreading inflammatory messages on social media.

See our full statement here.

Our work doesn’t end at lodging a complaint. Like in the case of our complaint against Zee TV for airing hate-filled content, we will pursue this, for results.

We are developing an initiative, Peace Map, which will be monumental in monitoring and preventing violence across India.

We want to mobilise up to 10,000 Peace Workers on the ground, who will actively use the system to clock the various stages in the build-up of violence, to ensure a real-time understanding of the patterns of evolving conflict, and help diffuse violence.
We’re also in the process of developing a mobile app, Hate Hatao, an innovative tool that anyone with a smartphone can use to fight hate.

Hate Hatao will enable users to report to us instances of hate, with the appropriate evidence, whether that be a screenshot, a video or a photo, so that we can take action. The user will then receive real-time updates on the status of their submitted report.