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London: In a strong sign of his displeasure over the often talked ‘intolerance’ issue, PM Narendra Modi remarked, India would never tolerate intolerance as it is the land of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, on Thursday.

Asked about allegations of rising intolerance in India, Modi also promised to take “strict action” against those who indulged in acts of violence.

“India will not tolerate intolerance,” he told a press conference he addressed along with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

India, he said, was the land of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.

Modi’s comments follow widespread condemnation of the September 28 killing of a Muslim man at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef.

The issue was played up in a major way in the just ended Bihar assembly elections which Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) badly lost.

Modi, who arrived here on a three-day visit, said the Indian authorities would “take strict action against those who indulge in such (violent) acts”.

“We are a democracy and committed to freedom of speech,” he said. “We are not an intolerant society.”

India won’t tolerate any incident of bigotry, however small, Modi said.

A host of writers, artistes and film makers have in recent weeks returned their national awards in protest against what they say is rising intolerance, at times leading to murder.

(With inputs from IANS)

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A Hindu Woman held captive for 7 years due to affair with a Muslim Boyfriend in Delhi

The girl's mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her for bringing dishonor to the family

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Women from different community in rural India. Image source: youthkiawaz.com
  • The 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family.
  • The girl’s family showed her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her
  • The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide
India has always been known as a country inhabiting various cultures, traditions and religions. As Nehru claimed, the country showcases “Unity in diversity”. However, when it comes to religious tolerance the land has failed to show up when an incident of inter-religious correspondence comes forth.
The news published in The Hindu stated that a 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family. She was 25 years-old and at the time of the most important phase of her life, her entering into the institution of marriage, she was hosted by her family for being acknowledged in an affair with a Muslim boy by her family.

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She was refused any kind of socialization with no access to internet or telephones. She remained locked inside the four walls of her house since 2009. Her coming out is no miracle, nor it is an outcome of the fact that her parents have realized their mistake. In the absence of her mother, she called the women’s helpline number 181 to seek help and was thus “imprisoned” by the team.
“Her mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her and her family members even threatened to kill her for bringing dishonor to the family,” according to the Hindu report.

pd_domestic_violence_080207_msIt seems one of the most disturbing incidents in an age when the protests for freedom of speech and equality surround the city with the famous universities. One finds the city as epicenter for the celebrations of the “International Women’s Day”, however, the reach of this freedom where all women can exercise their needs seems to lack in a society which apparently discusses the movements like Save Girl Child and educate her.

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The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide being saved by the family members. The DCW reported, the words she uttered at first were: ‘please rescue me’. Further, the girl also disclosed how her family would show her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her.
She didn’t take any action against her parents and even didn’t ask for any hold against her boyfriend if he had moved on.  She is under the protection of DCW in their shelter and is happy to be rescued from the life as bad as in a prison.

 

-prepared by Megha Sharma, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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