. India’s ruling party says crime is down. Muslims say they’ve never felt less safe « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, rape, murder and theft fell in 2020 to their lowest levels in Uttar Pradesh since 2013.

But political scientists say the government’s crime data is opaque, incomplete and probably biased. Human rights groups say any perception of safer streets in Uttar Pradesh has come with — or possibly because of — a spike in police brutality against minorities.

While many residents say their streets feel safer, some of their Muslim neighbors — members of India’s largest minority group — say they have never felt less safe.

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