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Facial Recognition Software used to identify perpetrators during Delhi violence

The software raises concern about discrimination despite Home Minister’s assurance 

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The official toll on Delhi violence stands at 53. The police fail to contain the violence for three days straight. Not only that, videos have surfaced where there are evidences of police complicity. Yet the Union Home Minister appreciated the police for “not allowing the riots to spiral” during his speech at the floor of the Parliament on Wednesday.

NDTV quoted Amit Shah saying, “I would like to place on record that after 25th February, no incident of rioting took place. There have been attempts to politicise these riots.” He also said that the first information about violence came at around 2 pm on February 24. The last information came at 11 pm on February 25. In his speech he also said that he was overseeing the developments with police and did not attend any functions associated with US President Donald Trump’s visit at that time.

Shah also pointed out that the Delhi police had used facial identification technology to identify the perpetrators behind the riots. But the use of that technology has met with criticisms.

Shah said during his speech on the riots that “around 60 social media accounts were created” on February 22 and “were closed down on February 26.” “Police will find those behind them. Social media was used to incite hate,” he said.

A total of 2,647 people have been detained or arrested and said that it is also being ensured that “no innocent is harassed”.

Earlier, the opposition demanded the resignation of the Home Minister for failing to stop the violence. Amit Shah during his speech said that the riots were a ‘pre-planned’ conspiracy and the Delhi police controlled it within 36 hours. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the government, especially Shah, had to answer how violence continued for three days. “Nero fiddled while Rome burned,” the Congress leader said.

The AIMIM leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a hard hitting speech said, “It’s a pogrom, not communal riots.”

During the Home Minister’s speech, the MPs belonging to the Congress walked out of the house.

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