NIA soft on Hindutva elements says US: Why they need to read these statistics

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With an average of 11,780 Americans being killed in gun violence every year and the government unable to win over the gun lobby, it is really not their place to give advise to India on Human Rights.

A report by the US State Department for Human Rights has come down heavily on India for human rights violations and it also goes on to state that the National Investigating Agency has gone soft on Hindutva elements in the Malegaon blasts case.

NIA soft on Hindutva elements says US

The US is known to advise the world on human rights violations despite having a very poor record themselves.

The wars the US has waged in Afghanistan and Iraq have thrown caution to the winds when it comes to human rights violations. The bombing of hospitals, schools and the houses of innocents doesn't exactly paint a very good picture of the human rights the US follows.

The report in brief

A major part of the report speaks about the encounter killings in India. There is also a portion of the report which says that India's premier investigating agency, the NIA has gone soft on Hindutva elements in the Malegaon blasts case.

It also gives a figure of the number of encounter killings in India. The report says that between 2008 and 2013, there were 555 encounter killings by the security forces.

As per this report Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 138. Jharkhand comes second with 50 followed by Manipur at 41. The rest of the states which top the encounter killing list are Chhattisgarh (29), Odisha (27), Jammu and Kashmir (26), Tamil Nadu (23), and Madhya Pradesh (20).

What about the statistics relating to gun violence?

Homicidal deaths alone in the United States of America account for 153,144 between the years 2001 and 2013. However in terrorist strikes the statistics for the United States of America suggest that 3,046 persons had died between the years 2001 and 2014.

According to a report in the NBC News, the number (shooting incidents) do not even include suicide and legal police killings.

If these were to be included then the number goes up to 394,912. Still, just counting homicides alone, 11,780 Americans were killed by guns a year on average in that time period, while 219 on average were killed per year by terrorism - although of course the 9/11 attacks are the bulk of the deaths," NBC also reports.

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