Monday July 23, 2018
Home India Communal inci...

Communal incidents dropped during NDA rule, says Rijiju

0
//
64
Republish
Reprint

New Delhi: Junior minister for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju  claimed that there had been a “substantial” drop in the number communal incidents since the BJP-led NDA government assumed power in 2014.

Replying to a barrage of questions on communal incidents, Rijiju further said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that comparing incidents would not address the issue.

Mentioning that only four major incidents took place since NDA came to power, Rijiju said, he would refrain from commenting on the incidents that occurred during the UPA regime.

However, he said that there had been a rise in incidents between 2014 and 2015, but the numbers were less than those during the UPA rule.

He mentioned that in 2014, 133 incidents took place in UP, followed by Maharashtra’s 97. While  Rajasthan reported  72 incidents, Madhya Pradesh had 56 and Karnataka 73. Gujarat, Bihar and West Bengal reported 74, 61 and 16 respectively.

Notably, 650 communal incidents occurred between January and October with UP topping the charts with 139 occurrences.

Rijiju rubbished allegations from the Opposition that communal incidents occur in the state where BJP is in power.

In 2013, during the UPA rule, 694 communal incidents took place in the first 10 months.

The most devastating incident was the Muzaffarnagar riots where over 65 persons were killed and several others were either injured or rendered homeless.

Notably, over 600 incidents of communal tensions occurred in the years 2011 and 2012.

However, the BJP-led central government mentioned only two such communal incidents as significant. The killing of Akhlaq in Dadri in September this year for allegedly slaughtering a cow and the violence in Atali village, Ballabhgarh last May was termed as significant. The arson of a disputed mosque in Atali village triggered a riot and forced the bulk of the Muslim population to flee.

The Home Ministry shared a report on the communal violence with the members of the Standing Committee on Home.

(With inputs from agencies)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

Stop Lecturing And Demonizing India over its Plan to Deport 40,000 Stateless Rohingya Muslims: Minister

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming centuries-old roots

0
Rohingya refugee girl
Rohingya refugee watch children attend madrass in a temporary shelter on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, Aug.16,2017. VOA
  • Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed India’s deportation plan as “outrageous”
  • The government says the Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and should deported because they pose a potential security threat
  • There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees, so don’t demonize us, don’t give us lecture
Rights groups should stop lecturing and demonizing India over its plan to deport 40,000 stateless Rohingya and recognize that the country has treated millions of refugees from across the world humanely, a senior official said this week.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing government says the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to India because of persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are illegal immigrants and should deported because they pose a potential security threat.

“India is the most humane nation in the world,” said junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju, defending an order to states to identify and deport the Rohingya — including 16,500 registered with the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR).

“There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees, so don’t demonize us, don’t give us lecture,” Rijiju said.

Hundreds of thousands have fled Myanmar, where they are marginalized and sometimes subjected to communal violence, with many taking refuge in Bangladesh — and some then crossing a porous border into Hindu-majority India.

FILE - Children of Rohingya refugees attend a temporary school run by a nongovernmental organization at a camp for Rohingyas in New Delhi, India, Aug. 16, 2017.
FILE – Children of Rohingya refugees attend a temporary school run by a nongovernmental organization at a camp for Rohingyas in New Delhi, India, Aug. 16, 2017. VOA

On Monday, Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving the Muslim minority in five years.

Indian minister Rijiju said registration with the UNHCR was irrelevant.

India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out states’ responsibilities toward refugees. Nor does it have a domestic law to protect refugees.

ALSO READ: Refugees in India Looming For Basic Rights: Here Is Why India Needs Refugee Law! 

The Rohingya will be sent back from India in a humane way, following due legal processes, Rijiju added.

“We are not going to shoot them, nor are we planning to throw them in the ocean,” he said Monday.

Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed India’s deportation plan as “outrageous.”

Asia’s third-largest economy is bound by customary international law — the principle of non-refoulement — where it cannot forcibly return refugees to a place where they face danger, they say. (VOA)