Sajan K George: India tells UN that protects equality, but minorities are desperate

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The activist criticizes the statement in the UN Council for Human Rights by the Indian delegation. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which controls the violation of religious freedom abroad, said that in India the religious minority communities and Dalits face discrimination and persecution.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Speaking at the 27th session of the 'Universal Periodic Review Working Group of the UN Council for Human Rights, the head of the Indian delegation, Mukul Rohatgi, said that the Indian Constitution does not distinguish between caste, creed, color or religion of a citizen. "India is a secular state with no state religion," he said, adding that the Indian Constitution guarantees to every individual freedom of religion and the right to freedom of speech and expression occupies its rightful place at the center of the Indian Constitution . In which there are several provisions for the protection of the rights and interests of minorities.

But Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) said that the GCIC observations on the erosion of the "secular spirit" that seems to happen in India creates a sense of hopelessness and despair that are prevailing among Christians and other minorities.

According Rohatgi "our population is aware of its political freedoms and carries out his decisions on all occasions." He also argued that India "believe in peace, non-violence and respect for human dignity. As such, the concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and has no place in the nation's governance".

India, he said again, has made significant progress in addressing the particular needs of people with disabilities through the campaign on accessibility and reviewing the framework of the rights of persons with disabilities and those with mental health problems. The country seeks to ensure the development and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups and adopted a series of laws on sexual violence and human trafficking.

Rohatgi then spoke of the recognition of transgender rights, which, following a judgment of the Supreme Court of 2014, the government recognizes all rights, including marriage, adoption, divorce, succession.

Still, India has taken several measures to ensure the safe and dignified working environment for women and to facilitate their social and economic global power, as part of a commitment to poverty eradication and inclusive development. In this regard, he cited initiatives such as Smart Cities, Make India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao - Celebrate the Girl Child and Education Enable her, Swachh Bharat - Clean India, Jan Dhan Yojana - Bank Accounts for All, Digital India, Skill India, India Start up etc. They form part of the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve the Agenda 2030.

Sajan K George instead shows how to exclude Dalit Christians the right to get out of the outcasts and access to full rights is a clear indication of the state discrimination between the largest group of Christians in the country and poses a clear question on the secular credentials of ' India. About 50 percent of the nearly 29 million Christians living in India are in the Scheduled Castes (Dalits), excluding tribal Christians. Unlike Sikh and Buddhist Dalits converted to Christianity they do not receive assistance from the government,

The report "constitutional and legal challenges facing religious minorities in India" of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which controls the violation of religious freedom abroad, said that in India the religious minority communities and Dalits are face discrimination and persecution and hate crimes, social boycotts and forced conversion have increased dramatically since 2014. "since the BJP came to power, the religious minority communities were subject to derogatory comments from politicians of BJP and numerous violent attacks and forced conversions by Indian nationalist groups like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Sangh Parivar and Vishva Hindu Parishad ". And again: "Under the government led by the BJP, religious minority communities and Dalits have faced discrimination and persecution because of a combination of laws too broad or ill-defined, an inefficient criminal justice system and a lack of judicial consistency. Crimes hatred, social boycotts, assaults and forced conversions have increased dramatically. "

Citing figures from the Ministry of House of India, he said that in 2015 India registered an increase of 17% of the communal violence over the previous year. In 2015, there were 751 reported incidents of communal violence, increasing from 644 in 2014. And finally, the anti-conversion laws, laws euphemistically called Freedom of religion, taken from different Indian states pose a serious challenge to religious freedom, guaranteed in the Indian Constitution and enshrined in international instruments for human rights.

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