British Parliament Criticizes India for Failing to Protect Religious Minorities

01/05/2018 India (International Christian Concern) – A report by the British All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief criticized the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hardliners. The report, entitled Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief, also said that anti-conversion laws in seven of India’s state are also a threat to the safety of Muslims and Christians.

The December 31 report said that the rise of the nationalist “Hindutva” ideology has led to an increase in religious oppression in the country. The report went on to say that even though Prime Minister Modi “has finally” condemned mob violence against minorities, his government has “remained largely inactive in proactively tackling spiraling religiously motivated violence.

Since taking power in 2014, the BJP-led government and Prime Minister Modi have overseen a regime in which religiously motivated violence has skyrocketed. According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) cases of anti-Christian violence have more than doubled under BJP rule.

In EFI’s 2014 annual report, 144 cases of anti-Christian violence were recorded across India. In 2017, after three years of BJP rule, that number skyrocketed to 351 cases of anti-Christian violence.

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