UK: Hundreds of protestors demonstrate against the religious intolerance in India

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Protestors express anger over, growing religious intolerance in India.

In keeping with details, a large crowd demonstrated outside the Downing Street over in progress religious persecution in India. The crowds gathered as the Indian Premier Narendra Modi had arrived in the UK; for a three-day visit.

Hundreds of angry protestors gathered protesting, against the increasing incidents of violence against the religious minorities in India. They raised the issue of plight of minorities in India.

During this visit, Indian PM Modi will be having lunch with Queen Elizabeth and will give a joint address at the UK Parliament with UK Premier David Cameron. PM Modi will spend a night in Chequers. At Wembley stadium, he will he holding a rally where about 60,000 are expected to give him welcome.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is the ruling party in the country has been repeatedly accused of creating “an atmosphere of religious intolerance and impunity” by religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

A protestor said, “Our Prime Minister is here but he is an evil man. They are killing religious minorities,” said another. “It is like the BNP. The biggest group they are targeting are Christians. They are literally beaten to death.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide urged the British Premier David Cameron to bring to light a sharp increase in the incidents of persecution of religious minorities. CSW says there have been above 600 cases of violence against religious minorities from 2014 till May 2015. These incidents have caused about 43 deaths.

“An atmosphere of religious intolerance and impunity is further stoked by recent mob hysteria over beef consumption,” CSW said in a statement. CSW also drew attention to the “pervasive discrimination” and “systematic attacks” against members of the Dalit community, considered “untouchables” under the caste system which is prevalent in India. The fact remains that majority of these Dalits are Christians.

Bhartiya Janata Party is notoriously known for religiously extremist approach, whereas its rise to political power has fanned the zeal of Hindu nationalism and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Only last week the RSS mustered its activists to curb “unnatural growth of the Christian population in many districts of the country.” Indian Christians and Muslims fear that if the group gains more power it will fan more religious intolerance in India.