Resolution in the US Congress condemning the violation of religious freedom in India
Washington: A resolution condemning the rising incidence of Islamophobia in India, human rights and religious freedom violations has been submitted to the US Congress.
The resolution, tabled by Democratic Congressman Alhan Omar, called for India to be given the status of a country with special concern over religious freedom. The resolution further states that Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Adivasis and other religious and cultural minorities are being targeted in India.
A hearing on Islamophobia will be held in the US Congress on June 30, in which the issue of blasphemous statements by the leaders of the Indian ruling party BJP is also likely to be discussed. It may be recalled that Alhan Omar had visited the LoC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir last month.
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken and his ambassador for international religious freedom condemned violations of religious freedom in India. Earlier, a USCIRF report in late April recommended that India be blacklisted for human rights abuses.