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Victims of communal, caste and gender violence and kin came together in Mumbai to question and deliberate upon the recent spate of hate crimes in the country. They were speaking at a National Convention Against State Complicity in Hate Crimes organised by leftist organisation Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI). Family members shared their experiences and described their struggles to get justice. Among the key speakers were Mohammad Qasim, brother of the deceased Junaid Khan, Raju Aage, father of Nitin Aage who was killed in a caste based violence, Mukta Dhabolkar and others. The event also saw some key luminaries and intellectuals, namely the actor Naseeruddin Shah, retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Gopala Gowda, activist Ram Puniyani, Vice President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Subhashini Ali, and educationist Teesta Setalvad. A resolution against hate crimes was passed at the Convention.
(Extracted from sabrangindia.in)