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India ranked fourth in the world in 2015--after Syria, Nigeria and Iraq--as having the highest social hostilities involving religion, according to research by Pew. India's ranking worsened sharply since 2014, but was better than in previous years.
The Indian government have reportedly refused to give extension visas to Christian missionaries, forcing two Indian parliamentarians – Vincent H.Pala and Conrad K.Sangma – to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
According to the latest figures, the number of honour killings in India has seen a whopping seven-fold increase from 28 in 2014 to 251 in 2015. Uttar Pradesh accounted for the majority of honour killings (168), followed by Gujarat (25) and Madhya Pradesh (14). Is it a crime to fall in love? CPM member Jharna Das Baidya asked in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, in reference to the rise in the incidents of honour killing in the country.
In India, the appointment of a man who revelled in hate speech and communal incitement against Muslims and Christians as chief minister of UP, the country’s most populous state – which, if independent, would be the fifth largest country in the world – similarly signals, in the words of The Guardian, that “.. in India minorities exist mainly on the dialogue of life and goodwill of the majority. Step out of line and there will be blood.” And blood has already begun to flow.