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Hate speech, violence against minorities in India worrying: US

Hate speech, violence against minorities in India worrying: US

#News Bureau June 27,2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that there has been a “worrying rise” in incidents of anti-conversion laws, hate speech and demolition of homes and places of worship of members of minority communities in India.

In his remarks on the occasion of the release of the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, Blinken said on Wednesday that people around the world are also fighting hard to protect religious freedom.

The 2023 report on International Religious Freedom states that ten out of 28 states in India have laws prohibiting religious conversion for all religions. Some of these states also punish forced conversion, especially for the purpose of marriage. These are being openly used against minorities.

Bulldozer Raj: When this report was being presented in America and the foreign minister was commenting in the context of India, there were reports of the return of bulldozer raj in the country. In many districts of Madhya Pradesh, dozens of houses of Muslims were demolished by bulldozers on the allegation of beef in the fridges. Within 15 days of the formation of the right-wing group government at the center, four incidents of lynching took place in which Muslims were killed. In India, Yogi Adityanath started the bulldozer raj from UP. Most of the houses of Muslims were demolished by bulldozers. Hundreds of houses of Muslims were demolished to build a river front in Akbarganj area of ​​​​Lucknow.

India has always rejected the report on religious freedom in the US. It has never accepted it. India says that the annual human rights report of the US State Department is based on “misinformation and flawed understanding”. Although foreign media has from time to time issued reports of atrocities on minorities in India. But the Indian government has not been able to refute those reports. Even when more than 300 Christian churches were burnt or demolished during ethnic violence in Manipur, the government denied that report.

This time the report of the American human rights group is more worrying. In this year’s report, the US State Department said that Christians and Muslims were arrested under laws banning forced religious conversion. Members of religious minority groups were harassed and many people were arrested on false and fabricated charges.

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