Tighten Regulation on Hate Crime & Hate Speech on Social Media towards Muslims
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What is "Hate Crime"?
The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
These aspects of a person's identity are known as 'protected characteristics'. A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property. The perpetrator can also be a friend, carer or acquaintance who exploits their relationship with the victim for financial gain or some other criminal purpose.
Islamophobia is when Muslims are the victims of attacks just because of their religion.
Recently we have seen a large increase in hate crime towards Muslims.
One of the reasons of this is is that the current punishment is too lenient and is not acting as a deterrence.
According to TellMAMA, there has been an increase in the number of offline incidents since 2014 from 147 to 437 to 2015. This shows an increase of 300% Muslim Woman are more likely to be attacked then Muslim men in most settings. The largest perpetrators are white males. Muslims are fearful of leaving their homes to go to work, shops or even to go and visit their friends. We are living in the 21st Century, hate crime should not exist, the Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and yet it is still a major problem in today's society.
Resham Khan, a 21-year-old aspiring model and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, suffered horrific injuries when an attacker squirted acid through their car window in Newham, East London, on the 21st June 2017.
What is Islam?
- Islam is a religion, and the people who follow it are called Muslims.
- Almost a quarter of the world's population are Muslims and in the UK it's about 1 in 20 people.
- Islam is the second largest religion in the UK after Christianity.
Islam is over 1,400 years old, dating back to the 7th Century.
The Islamic word for God is Allah
.The word "Islam" means submission to God's will and obedience to God's law. It comes from an old Arabic word meaning "peace."
Why are Muslims being targetted?
Some people have blamed all Muslims for recent terrorist attacks carried out by extreme groups who say they follow the religion of Islam.
But, many people say those terrorist groups have extreme beliefs of hatred and violence that have little to do with what most Muslims believe.
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