Citizens must be protected amid ‘rising intolerance’: US to Indian government

Two Muslim women who were carrying buffalo meat were assaulted by people at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh, earlier this week.

By: PTI | Washington | Published: July 30, 2016 9:36 am
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Expressing concern over reports of “rising intolerance and violence” in India, the US has asked the Indian government to do “everything in its power” to protect citizens and to bring to justice the perpetrators.

Responding to questions on reports of alleged violence against people eating beef and assault on two Muslim women carrying buffalo meat in Madhya Pradesh, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said, “We stand in solidarity with the people and Government of India in supporting exercise of freedom of religion and expression and in confronting all forms of intolerance.”

“We’re obviously concerned by reports of rising intolerance and violence… As we do in countries facing such problems around the world, we urge the government to do everything in its power to protect citizens and to hold the perpetrators accountable,” he said.

Kirby said the US looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian people to realise their tolerant-inclusive vision, which is so deeply in the interests of both India and the US.

In an instance of cow vigilantism earlier this week, two Muslim women who were carrying buffalo meat were assaulted by people at a railway station in Mandsaur on suspicion that it was beef in the presence of police which arrested the duo.

The incident came close on the heels of the attack on dalit youths in Gujarat by cow vigilantes for skinning a dead cow.

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  1. S
    Jul 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    It is just media noise. Indian presutes give pro nance to very silly statement made by every low ranking officers from US to some questions asked, this time by a . Even Indian presutes from NDTV or I.E. Ask similar question if it can generate some negative news against Indian nationalist groups, including NaMo. In USA no press cares to report of this kind, they just don't care what others think of their internal affairs. Just imagine if they have to respond to provocative statements from Indian MPs like Owasis, mani Iyar, dingy, ML, yechury, blinds karat or KejirwAl. It just reflects the bankruptcy of Indian presutes and their low self esteem and lack of pride.
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      Ashish Koul
      Jul 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm
      When Maut Ka Saudagar hold biggest position then country is doomed.
      1. NitinB
        Jul 30, 2016 at 11:36 am
        Muslims and Christians are aliens for us. Their religion is alien, their Gods are alien, their worship is alien. Now, it seems even their loyalty is alien
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          Abdul Ali
          Jul 30, 2016 at 8:14 am
          Even though everyone today talks about terrorism and Islam in the same sentence, Islamic terrorism is terrorist acts committed by Sunni groups or individuals who profess Islamic or Islamist motivations or goals. Sunni Islamic terrorists justify their violent tactics through interpreting the Quran and Hadith according to their own goals and intentions. The highest numbers of incidents and fatalities due to Sunni Terrorism have occurred on a global scale, affecting not only Muslim-majority states in Africa and Asia, but also Europe, Russia, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
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            Chandu Shah
            Jul 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm
            That is true
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