Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to take action against Muslim discrimination in India

US urged to respond to acts of discrimination against Muslims in India

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON — US Congressman Ilhan Omar has called on President Joe Biden’s administration to take action against discrimination against Muslims in India.

Omar asked Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman directly how the support was United States of America to the India in promoting free and open territories.

“How much should the government of (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi criminalize this act? Muslims in India so we can say something What does it take for us to publicly criticize the Modi government’s actions against the Muslim minority? Agency Anadolu, Thursday (07/04/2022).

Sherman said he agrees that governments should defend every religion, every ethnicity, every race, every quality of diversity in this world. He said the US had raised concerns about India’s human rights record directly with officials in New Delhi.

According to several international human rights groups, Indian Muslims face increasing discrimination under Modi’s government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In 2021, Human Rights Watch reported, prejudice BJP has tapped into independent institutions such as the police and courts to enable nationalist groups to threaten, harass and attack religious minorities with impunity.

Modi and the BJP have passed laws and policies that systematically discriminate against Muslims in India.

The headscarf ban in schools and universities in the state of Karnataka has sparked a major dispute. The ban raises fears of attacks on Muslim symbols and worship practices as part of a far-right Hindu agenda to impose majority values ​​on minorities.

A three-judge panel at the Karnataka High Court hears petitions against the ban. Muslim female students wearing headscarves used to be banned from schools and colleges across the state.

Activists say the hijab ban is part of the BJP’s anti-Muslim agenda and violates India’s constitution, which guarantees religious rights for every citizen. Since Modi came to power, attacks on minorities, especially Muslims, have increased.

A Muslim student tells Algeria that the college’s decision to ban the headscarf came as a surprise. They argue that the constitution allows Indians to wear clothing of their choice and display religious symbols.

Activists and opposition leaders have also criticized the state of Karnataka for passing an anti-conversion law and an anti-killing law last year. This law is aimed at Christians and Muslims.

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