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Brutal suppression of Eid Milad processions tells about India under Modi

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near the site of an explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Security officials say at least 10 soldiers have been killed and 20 others wounded by a large explosion that struck a paramilitary convoy on a key highway on the outskirts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

ISLAMABAD: In brazen violation of religious freedom, Hindu extremists backed by police attacked Muslims and prevented them from taking out Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) processions across India.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service said that India under Modi is pursuing controversial policies openly ignoring Muslims’ rights including their religious freedom. On Tuesday, when Muslims tried to take out peaceful Milad processions in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other states of India to mark the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), they were brutally suppressed.

Many Muslims were injured in attacks by Hindu extremists and police as shown in the footages that have been making rounds on social media. The police used lathi-charge against the Muslims. The policemen kept pulling the beards of the Muslims and smashed them to the ground.

The KMS report cited the findings of the US Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom and said that religious freedom in India continued its negative trajectory in 2021.  Modi govt is promoting Hindu nationalist policies resulting in systematic and egregious violations of religious freedom in India, the US commission maintained.

The report emphasized that Muslims in India have been facing systematic discrimination, prejudice, and violence despite so-called constitutional protections. Anti-Muslim sentiments have heightened under RSS-backed BJP’s Indian government led by Modi, it added.

Persecution of Muslims, Christians and other minorities has increased manifold since BJP came to power in India, the report said and added that those attacking Muslims are enjoying widespread impunity as Modi is on a mission to purge India of minorities.

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