Attacks on goths, emos and punks to be regarded hate crimes by Manchester police


Police in Manchester has said that from now on they will begin considering offences against members of alternative subcultures like they do with attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Sophie Lancaster court case

(Photo Courtesy: Lancashire Police/PA)

The Greater Manchester police are the first in Britain to take such step. It said that “goths, emos, punks and metallers” and members of other alternative groups have often countered such abuse.

“People who wish to express their alternative sub-culture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime,” said the Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan.

The Manchester police took this decision after a campaign demanding the decision was carried on by Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sophie Lancaster Foundation is a charity founded in memory of a 20-year-old victim to such fatal attack in a Manchester park in 2007.

Source: The Guardian, Telegraph

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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