Following the EU Referendum vote on 23rd June 2016, 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. Racism has no place in Britain, and the Hindu Council UK will not tolerate it and to hear of such racist abuse is concerning. Every one of us has a duty to challenge racism wherever it happens.
The Hindu Council UK is working with the Home Office, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Metropolitan Police & 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. 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.
What is Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- 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. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. A hate crime is any incident carried out against a person because of their sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. It can include:
- Physical assault and violence, including sexual violence
- Threats and intimidation
- Verbal abuse and harassment
- Offensive mail or emails
- Property damage
While we appreciate that you may be nervous in reporting any incidents that you have suffered or witnessed, it is important that you report it to the police on either 101, or if very serious on 999.
As well as reporting it to the Police you can report an “Incident” Report by filling out the form below.
Please Note that all your details and information will be held securely under and in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act.
With kind regards
Hindu Council UK