The home ministry has decided to adopt standard parameters for collecting data on communal incidents in India after two of its wings were found to have collected figures that are different from each other.
Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju informed Lok Sabha that in 2014, there were 644 communal incidents in the country, whereas in 2015 (till October), the figure stood at 650.
The minister informed the Parliament on the basis of figures collected by the home ministry’s human rights division.
But another wing of the home ministry, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) — that has been entrusted with collecting crime data from states — showed that there were 1,227 communal riots in the country in 2014.
The NCRB figures were based on the first information reports registered in cases of communal riots across the country.
But the human rights division has different parameters for collecting data as besides first information reports, it also considers intelligence reports, said home ministry officials.
“Different parameters resulted in different data figures. But from now, both the NCRB and the human rights division have been asked to form standard parameters for collecting data on communal riots or incidents, and they will soon reconcile the data,” said a home ministry spokesperson.