A tale of targeted violence in Hashimpura: the Delhi High Court on recognition, relations and responses

Khanna, Vandita (2020) A tale of targeted violence in Hashimpura: the Delhi High Court on recognition, relations and responses. Jindal Global Law Review, 11. pp. 61-76. ISSN 9752498

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On 31 October 2018, Justice Dr S Muralidhar (then) at the Delhi High Court convicted 16 members of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for, inter alia, the murder of 38 Muslim residents of Hashimpura, a neighbourhood in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in the summer of 1987. In so doing, he described the events that unfolded in Hashimpura as the ‘targeted killing’ of ‘members of a particular minority community.’ The judicial recognition of targeted violence in contemporary Indian society forms the focus of the present article. The article contends that Muralidhar J’s reference to targeted violence paves way for the recognition of an important juridical concept that warrants further academic and legal engagement. By adopting a relational approach, I argue that the conceptual utility of the category of targeted violence lies in its ability to unmask the social relations that it implicates. Targeted violence is not aimed at individual actors, but social relations between perpetrators, individual victims and those who share the victims’ minority identity. Committed to the legal recognition of social experiences, I demonstrate how the category of targeted violence accurately reflects the experiences of and relations between different social actors. I further build a case for why and how legal and judicial responses to targeted violence ought to be informed and shaped by a recognition of its relational harms.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Hate crime | Hashimpura | Targeted violence | Minority | Relational harm
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2022 17:18
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41020-020-00113-6
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/1829


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