Minorities subjected to second class citizens in India: Report

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Islamabad: Minorities Rights Day is celebrated every year in India on December 18 but minorities have been subjected to second class citizens in the country.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, said the fascist Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party regime is relentlessly implementing RSS ideology against minorities in India and its discriminatory policies have pushed Indian minorities to the wall.

It said Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, and lower caste Hindus are forced to live ‘worse’ than human beings in India.

On April 21, 2022, 50,000 houses of Muslims were demolished in the state of Hyderabad, and in 2023, 400 incidents of violence against Christians were reported in 23 states of India, it deplored. On August 25, Indian extremists killed hundreds of Christians and burned 600 villages in the Kandhamal district of Orissa, it added.

The report said Sikh riots intensified after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984, in which around 17,000 Sikhs were killed.

The head of the US Commission on Religious Freedom said that religious freedom in India has suffered a sharp decline under the Modi regime, it said.

Since 2020, the report said, the US Commission on Religious Affairs has included India in the list of countries of concern and human rights organizations have declared India as a dangerous country for minorities.

It said the Hindutva narrative is now a dangerously growing trend in world’s so-called largest democracy, adding violence, intimidation and harassment against minorities have become the order of the day in the country.

The report said hate crimes against Muslims and other minorities have alarmingly increased in India under Modi and minorities are being persistently hounded in India under rogue Modi’s regime.

It maintained that the plight of minorities in India was often highlighted in reports issued by global rights’ watchdogs and it is high time for the world to act to ensure basic human rights to the Indian minorities.

The report said that the global rights bodies must come forward to save minorities, including Muslims and Sikhs, from Hindutva onslaught in India and the international community must take notice of the plight of minorities in India

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