Retired Government Officers in India Call on Modi to Take “Firm Action” Against Hate Crimes

ICC Note:

Sixty seven retired civil service officers have signed onto an open letter calling on the BJP-led government of India and the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to take “firm action against perpetrators of hate crimes” against minorities. The letter detailed attacks on Christians and Muslims by Hindu radicals as well as the lackluster response of police in those instances. Attacks on religious minorities in India, especially Muslims and Christians, have skyrocketed under BJP rule. This dramatic increase in violence led Open Doors USA to rank India 11th on its list of top 50 hardest countries to be a Christian. Will Modi and his BJP-led government listen to these concerns? 

01/29/2018 India (Times of India) – Retired civil service officers have written an open letter to the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for “firm action against perpetrators of hate crimes” against minorities in the country.

The letter, signed by 67 retired officers, highlighted the murders and acts of violence against people belonging to minority communities in April 2017, starting with the lynching of Pehlu Khan allegedly by cow vigilantes in Alwar, Rajasthan.

The retired civil servants registered their “deep concern at the continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks”.

The letter listed similar acts of violence month-wise and how in every case, the accused had either not been arrested or were let off easily. It said the killing of Mohammed Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri masjid had “deeply shaken each of us”.

“The recording of the brutal act on video and the circulation of the justification for the killing over the internet cuts at the roots of an inclusive and pluralistic society drawing its inspiration from the teachings of Buddha, Mahavir, Ashoka, Akbar, the Sikh Gurus, Hindu sages and Gandhi,” it said.

The officers added, “The violent incidents in Udaipur in support of the alleged killer are a pointer to how deep the sectarian poison has spread among the population of this country.”

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