Bajrang Dal holds events to radicalize Hindu youth, promote violence
The Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal held a number of hateful events to promote anti-Muslim violence and Hindu extremism throughout India. In Rajasthan state, the Bajrang Dal hosted an event aimed at radicalizing Hindu youth by teaching them anti-Muslim propaganda. In Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, during another Bajrang Dal event, a Hindu extremist leader claimed that India does not belong to Muslims. A third event was held in Kawardha, Chattisgarh, where Hindus were encouraged to buy weapons.
Religious persecution in India…one of the worst in the world: UN at USCIRF event
At an event hosted by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) about the systematic human rights violations of the far-right BJP government against religious minorities, Dr. Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, stated that “the situation of religious persecution in India…is one of the worst in the world”, calling the abuses “massive”, “systematic”, and “dangerous”.
“India is the 8th most likely country for new mass killings… this is extremely dangerous,” he said.
During the event, the USCIRF reiterated the necessity of naming India a Country of Particular Concern for ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom.
Hindu extremists pelt mosque with stones and attack Muslim shops in Gujarat
A Hindu extremist mob attacked a mosque and Muslim businesses during a Hindu religious celebration in Gujarat state, which is ruled by the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The has been a hotbed of communal violence for decades, notably when thousands of Muslims were killed in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom.
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