‘Hate crime is not happening’: ‘We’ve never had any’
The hate crime bill will be debated in Parliament on Thursday and a draft will be presented by the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) to the Prime Minister, who will decide on the bill in the coming days.
The draft will include the amendments to the existing law that prohibits hate crimes, a move that could have a major impact on the debate on the proposed bill.
On January 5, the Lok Sabha had voted to amend Section 66A of the Prevention of Crime Act to ban hate crimes.
However, the amendment failed to pass the House, with the Opposition demanding that the bill be scrapped.
The BJP-ruled Rajya Sabha has already passed the amendment to Section 66AA.
The new law would have added new offences to the hate crimes bill, including hate crimes committed against persons, property and facilities belonging to minorities, which was proposed by the former Union Home Minister and BJP leader LK Advani.
The proposed law would also have allowed police to investigate cases of crimes committed as well as those of persons against whom an FIR has been registered.
The HAC is expected to table a draft of the proposed law by February 16.