NEW DELHI: A law passed in Uttar Pradesh’s capital on Monday aimed to set up a new system to investigate hate crime, with a new central database and new court that would help the government better identify hate crime perpetrators.
Under the new law, which was passed in the state assembly in a surprise move, police will have to go to the central government office and submit the report to the court.
Police will also be empowered to issue warnings to those who commit such acts, with fines ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 5,000.
The law is a response to the attack on the Indian parliament in February, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was later charged with murder.
The government had earlier said it wanted to create a central database that would enable it to track the victims of hate crimes and prevent hate crimes from happening in the future.
The law was also expected to set out the procedures to be followed in cases of such crimes.
A committee headed by a special judge will oversee the creation of the central database.