‘Attacks against minorities in India increased in past year’

Reports by faith-based rights agencies showed that Christians had suffered about 150 violent attacks on an average.

Washington | Updated: February 11, 2014 10:24 pm
"Violence is fuelled primarily by non-state actors who are guided by the Hindutva ideology, which sees India as a Hindu nation, where religious minorities are second-class citizens," said Arora. PTI “Violence is fuelled primarily by non-state actors who
are guided by the Hindutva ideology, which sees India as a Hindu nation, where religious minorities are second-class citizens,” said Arora. PTI

Attacks against India’s minority communities, particularly Muslims and Christians, have increased in the past one year, US lawmakers were told today.

During this period, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) received reports that communal violence and attacks against religious minorities increased in India despite its status as a pluralistic, secular democracy, USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams told lawmakers.

“NGOs and religious leaders, including from the Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities, attribute the increase to India’s upcoming 2014 general election and politicians’ use of religiously divisive language, and they fear that incidents will become even more frequent as the general election nears and immediately thereafter,” Abrams said during a Congressional hearing.

He said Christian NGOs and leaders had reported that Christians experience “more harassment and violence in states that have anti-conversion laws”. He added, “In addition, India’s record in investigating and prosecuting religiously motivated crimes remained mixed.”

Testifying before the Congressional committee, Tehmina Arora from Alliance Defending Freedom-India alleged that attacks have been reported across the country over the past five years, though primarily concentrated in states where the main opposition BJP has been in power and where groups associated with it are active.

“Violence is fuelled primarily by non-state actors who are guided by the Hindutva ideology, which sees India as a Hindu nation, where religious minorities are second-class citizens,” said Arora, who flew in from New Delhi for the hearing.

“India, in spite of its long tradition for religious tolerance, finds itself in the throes of religious fundamentalism and violence against religious minorities for the past few decades,” she said.

Reports by faith-based rights agencies showed that Christians had suffered about 150 violent attacks on an average in the past few years, Arora said.

These attacks include physical and sexual assaults, murder and desecration of places of worship and graveyards, she said.

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    Deepak Jain
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:44 am
    This seems to be an exercise to blame the BJP in whichever way possible. It would be useful to see which states have failed to control such attacks, and which parties are running these governments.
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      Deepak Jain
      Feb 12, 2014 at 5:44 am
      This seems to be an exercise to blame the BJP in whichever way possible. It would be useful to see which states have failed to control such attacks, and which parties are running these governments.
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        Mittal
        Feb 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm
        Unless illegal conversion of hindus through inducements stop, attacks should continue! Obviously the Christians and the Muslims (Sunni sect) are the biggest offenders! I'm surprised to see the clever inclusion of Sikhs, along with Christians and Muslims. If a so-called industrialized nation like UK can proudly pronounce itself a Christian nation, there's no reason why we should be embarred with the Hindu ideny. I wonder what will happen if it is ever found Hindus were secretly converting Christians in US with inducements!!! When India was practicing Hindutva more than 4000 years ago, the west was herding cattle! Finally, Indian policies should not dictated by big brother America. We all know how "morally upright" Uncle Sam is, so won't waste time discussing here! The hypocrisy of US and its sidekicks in Europe are legendary. Uncle Sam should rather worry about the dozens of Shias being killed by Sunnis everyday, particularly in Iraq. Finally, Ms Tehmina Arora is free to migrate to the US (Or Uncle Sam could "evacuate" her like Sangitha Richard) or the Middle East (to her brethren) if she thinks she is getting a raw deal in India.
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          Mittal
          Feb 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm
          Unless illegal conversion of hindus through inducements stop, attacks should continue! Obviously the Christians and the Muslims (Sunni sect) are the biggest offenders! I'm surprised to see the clever inclusion of Sikhs, along with Christians and Muslims. If a so-called industrialized nation like UK can proudly pronounce itself a Christian nation, there's no reason why we should be embarred with the Hindu ideny. I wonder what will happen if it is ever found Hindus were secretly converting Christians in US with inducements!!! When India was practicing Hindutva more than 4000 years ago, the west was herding cattle! Finally, Indian policies should not dictated by big brother America. We all know how "morally upright" Uncle Sam is, so won't waste time discussing here! The hypocrisy of US and its sidekicks in Europe are legendary. Uncle Sam should rather worry about the dozens of Shias being killed by Sunnis everyday, particularly in Iraq. Finally, Ms Tehmina Arora is free to migrate to the US (Or Uncle Sam could "evacuate" her like Sangitha Richard) or the Middle East (to her brethren) if she thinks she is getting a raw deal in India.
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            Mittal
            Feb 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm
            When illegal conversion of hindus through inducements stop, attacks will automatically cease! Obviously the Christians and the Muslims (Sunni Wahabi sect) are the biggest offenders! I'm surprised to see the clever inclusion of Sikhs, along with Christians and Muslims. If a so-called industrialized nation like UK can proudly pronounce itself a Christian nation, there's no reason why we should be embarred with the Hindu ideny. I wonder what will happen if it is ever found Hindus were secretly converting Christians in US with inducements!!! All will break loose in yankee land. When India was practicing Hindutva more than 4000 years ago, the west was herding cattle! Finally, Indian policies should not dictated by big brother America. We all know how "morally upright" Uncle Sam is, so won't waste time discussing here! The hypocrisy of US and its sidekicks in Europe are legendary. Uncle Sam should rather worry about the dozens of Shias being killed by Sunnis everyday, particularly in Iraq. Finally, Ms Tehmina Arora is free to migrate to the US (Or Uncle Sam could "evacuate" her like Sangitha Richard) or the Middle East (to her brethren) if she thinks she is getting a raw deal in India.
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              Mittal
              Feb 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm
              When illegal conversion of hindus through inducements stop, attacks will automatically cease! Obviously the Christians and the Muslims (Sunni Wahabi sect) are the biggest offenders! I'm surprised to see the clever inclusion of Sikhs, along with Christians and Muslims. If a so-called industrialized nation like UK can proudly pronounce itself a Christian nation, there's no reason why we should be embarred with the Hindu ideny. I wonder what will happen if it is ever found Hindus were secretly converting Christians in US with inducements!!! All will break loose in yankee land. When India was practicing Hindutva more than 4000 years ago, the west was herding cattle! Finally, Indian policies should not dictated by big brother America. We all know how "morally upright" Uncle Sam is, so won't waste time discussing here! The hypocrisy of US and its sidekicks in Europe are legendary. Uncle Sam should rather worry about the dozens of Shias being killed by Sunnis everyday, particularly in Iraq. Finally, Ms Tehmina Arora is free to migrate to the US (Or Uncle Sam could "evacuate" her like Sangitha Richard) or the Middle East (to her brethren) if she thinks she is getting a raw deal in India.
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                steve james
                Feb 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm
                As election is nearer...Congress mouth piece will try harder and harder. But they forget to mention that it is a CONgress failures...since last 60 years. We need to stop such words from now onwards...minorities ...majorities has divided our society.
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                  steve james
                  Feb 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm
                  As election is nearer...Congress mouth piece will try harder and harder. But they forget to mention that it is a CONgress failures...since last 60 years. We need to stop such words from now onwards...minorities ...majorities has divided our society.
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