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India's treatment of Muslims condemned by US government report
The US government has said that anti-Muslim violence is continuing in India, in its annual report on international religious freedom.
A state department reported that mob attacks in the country occurred in 2018 and contained allegations of law enforcement involvement in the violence
"Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year that the victims had traded or killed cows for beef," the document noted. ll tell you what's true. You can use your own view.
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The report said authorities "often protected perpetrators from prosecution" and that attacks "included allegations of involvement by law enforcement personnel".
of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs, the document added.
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, has faced longstanding accusations of marginalizing India's Muslim and Christian communities.
Despite the controversy surrounding him, the 68-year-old was returned to power for a second term in a resounding May 2019 election victory
Mr. Modi, who leads the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won particularly strong support from his Hindu nationalist base.
But he is considered with many of the country's 180 million Muslims. , an eight-year-old girl who was killed in January 2018.
"Jammu and Kashmir police arrested eight men, including four police personnel. , in connection with the kidnapping, gang rape, and killing of an eight-year-old girl, "the report said.
" The men allegedly kidnapped the victim, took here to a nearby temple, and raped and killed in an effort to drive her nomadic Muslim community out of the area. ”
Also among the Modi administration's policies are proposals to "rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance," the report said.
Activists said these proposals were designed to be Muslim contributions to Indian history and have led to increased communal pensions. ”
On Sunday, the Modi administration issued a sharp rejection of the US government's findings. secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion, "a government spokesperson said.
" We see locus standi [right to bring action] for a foreign entity to pronounce on the state of our citizens' constitutionally protected rights. ”
Discussing Mr Modi's second electoral victory in May 2019, Ajay Mehra, a political scientist, said:“ They will be able to say that minorities are just that, we are the majority, and what we say goes. ”
Mr Mehra is currently working on a book about the prime ministers of India.
“ If they say nobody should eat beef, nobody will eat beef. If they say there should be cow slaughter, then it will be so, ”he told The Independent.
" And if they say that cities with Muslim names must change, then they will. "
Mike Pompeo is a visit to India on Tuesday as the US greater strategic ties with India.