Minority Rights Day is being observed in India today, December 18, human rights activists say there are plans to make Indian Muslims second-class citizens, while an international report says India is “dangerous for minorities.”
Expressing concern over the plight of minorities in India, the South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020 states that India has become a dangerous country for minorities and those who disagree with the government’s ideology during the Modi regime.
According to the South Asia State of Minorities report on the protection of civil rights, democracy, freedom of expression and secularism in South Asian countries, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party launched direct attacks on Muslims and other minorities and those who opposed them, after came into power.
Ravi Nair, executive director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center, a human rights group, said that the Modi government and Hindutva forces had created an atmosphere of fear. All the minority sects are scared of this but the situation of Muslims is a bit worse.
The head of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center says that the Modi government has also started harassing Christians. Christian organizations are being harassed in the name of the Foreign Financing Act (FCRA) and conversion. Christian religious leaders are being arrested, causing fear in many states.
The South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020 also mentions amendments to the FCRA law, saying that under the guise of the new law, progressive and non-governmental organizations are being targeted.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was also passed by the Indian Parliament on December 18, 2019.
CAB gives Indian citizenship to the non-Muslims of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to the act, non-Muslim refugees, who came to India before December 31, 2014, to escape religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be granted Indian citizenship.
In India, Muslim actors, human rights lawyers, social activists, academics, journalists, intellectuals and anyone who speaks out against the government have been attacked, the report said. Human rights activists face restrictions, violence, humiliation and exploitation.