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‘Modi’s India a dangerous country for religious minorities’: report


ISLAMABAD: When World Religion Day was celebrated across the globe on Sunday, India under fascist Narendra Modi has become a dangerous country for Muslims and Christians.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, said India has no right to celebrate World Religion Day when it is denying religious freedom to its minorities. The persecuted religious minorities in India have nothing to celebrate the day, it added. It said India is witnessing serious violations of religious freedom and religious intolerance in the country is growing under Modi’s right-wing government.

It said the Modi regime is working on a Hindutva agenda to militarize the whole society against Muslims and other religious minorities. The report said religious minorities are experiencing systematic violence and discrimination in India, adding, religious minorities are persecuted physically, psychologically, and economically in the country.

It lamented that India, under Modi, was witnessing a rising number of attacks on religious minorities and the BJP government was giving impetus to Hindu extremists to violate rights of religious minorities as the Hindutva leaders were openly calling for violence against religious minorities. It deplored that laws were being passed to criminalize their religious practices, food habits, and even businesses.

The US State Department, it said, has released its international religious freedom report, which paints a dark picture of the situation for religious minorities in India. The report said, apart from US report, reports by Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and UK-based Minority Rights Group International both have indicated that minority groups in India are increasingly encountering hate crimes, such as lynching, threats, attacks on places of worship and forced conversion.

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