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British report scolds Indian government over religion-based violence

A British parliamentary report criticised the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hard-liners.

A report by the British All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief said the rise of nationalist ‘Hindutva’ ideology – which defines ‘Indian’ as exclusively Hindu – has led to an increase in religious oppression in the country, ucanews.com reported.

The 31st December report, titled ‘Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief’ said anti-conversion laws in seven of India’s states also are used to threaten Muslims and Christians.

In its chapter on India, the report said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘has finally condemned mob violence against minorities, but his government has remained largely inactive in proactively tackling spiralling religiously motivated violence’.

The report said a ‘particularly worrying’ situation emerges from media reports that some members of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party, known as BJP, have close affiliations with the Hindu hard-line group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS.

Picture: An artisan carries clay-face sculptures of a Hindu goddess in Kolkata, India, on 29th October 2018. A British parliamentary report on 31st December criticised the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hard-liners. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters).