US commission wants India to protect Muslim minority
WASHINGTON: US government commission has faulted India’s response to deadly communal riots in New Delhi and urged the government to take swift action to protect the Muslim minority.
Chairman Tony Perkins, a close aide to the Trump administration, in a statement urged the Indian government to take serious efforts to protect Muslims and others targeted by mob violence.
A commissioner Anurima Bhargava has also demanded of the Indian government to must take swift action to ensure the safety of all of its citizens.
The Indian government has blamed the US of politicizing the communal violence which has claimed more than 32 lives and left over 200 others wounded.
Rioters have unleashed a vicious rampage across several parts of Delhi, torching buildings and vehicles and attacking journalists.
The clashes first broke out on Sunday (Feb 23) between protesters for and against a controversial citizenship law.
Delhi remained on edge after three nights of rioting, with reports of Muslim homes and shops being targeted by violent mobs.
Smoke rose into the sky when Hindu protesters set fruit and vegetable shops and a Muslim shrine on fire in the Bhajanpur area.
A mosque was also set on fire by a Hindu mob who shouted “Jai Shri Ram”, translated to “hail Lord Ram”.
India’s main opposition Congress party has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah and blamed him for the violence.
The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) has strongly condemned organized violence against Muslims in India by the extremist Hindus.
The human rights commission in a tweet called on the Indian government to protect its Muslim minority in line with its obligations under international human rights law.