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An Extremely Worrying Situation: British MP Condemns Spate Of Violence Against Muslims In India

"My constituents are concerned that the Indian government is not doing enough to address the ongoing attacks on Muslim communities in India."

Violence against Muslims regularly and forcing them to chant “Jai Shri Ram” in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government are no longer evoking condemnation from just Indians. As per news reports, Jonathan Ashworth, an MP from the Labour Party — Britain’s Opposition Labour Party — called attacks like these an “extremely worrying situation”.

As per a PTI report, the Leicester South MP, a member of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Cabinet, wrote to foreign secretary and prime ministerial hopeful Jeremy Hunt that many of his constituents had raised concerns that the Indian government was “not doing enough to address the ongoing attacks on Muslim communities”.

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“I have been contacted by members of Muslim communities in my constituency in regard to the ongoing violent attacks on Muslims in India,” Ashworth wrote, adding, “The situation in India is extremely worrying, there have been reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs. My constituents are concerned that the Indian government is not doing enough to address the ongoing attacks on Muslim communities in India.”

As per PTI, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it had engaged with India on several human rights matters to build capacity and share expertise, and condemned any instance of discrimination based on religion or belief, “regardless of the faith or country involved”.

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“We are working to improve the situation for Muslim minorities in India, and our ‘Empowering Muslim youth’ project reached 150 young people, 20 teachers and over 100 educational institutions. We have also enabled training for 900 minority students on faith issues in six universities across North India,” an FCO spokesperson said.

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