Washington: The violence over the amended citizenship act in India’s capital New Delhi drew sharp reactions from US lawmakers with the mainstream media prominently reporting it together with the just-concluded go to of President Donald Trump.
Reacting to the violence that has claimed at the very least 13 lives prior to now a few days, US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stated the “deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying”.
“Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination or promote laws that undermine religious freedom,” she stated in a tweet, including that the “world is watching”.
The Indian Parliament had handed the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) final 12 months, leading to a collection of protests throughout the nation.
Pramila Jayapal had final 12 months launched a Congressional decision urging India to finish the restrictions on communications in Jammu and Kashmir and protect non secular freedom for all residents.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal too termed the violence a “tragic failure of moral leadership”.
“We must speak out in the face of threats to human rights in India,” he stated.
Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren additionally a swipe on the violence, saying, “It’s important to strengthen relationships with democratic partners like India. But we must be able to speak truthfully about our values, including religious freedom and freedom of expression, and violence against peaceful protesters is never acceptable.”
Congresswoman Rashida Talib tweeted, “This week, Trump visited India but the real story should be the communal violence targeting Muslims in Delhi right now. We cannot be silent as this tide of anti-Muslim violence continues across India.”
The violence in Delhi prominently featured within the mainstream media.
The Washington Put up reported, “The riots represent a serious escalation of tensions after months of protests in response to a controversial citizenship law and growing frictions between supporters and opponents of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
“As President Trump toured India’s capital, at least 11 people were killed in communal clashes that have upended a working-class neighborhood,” The New York Instances stated.
In a tweet, US Fee for Worldwide Non secular Freedom stated it’s alarmed by experiences of “deadly mob violence targeting Muslims in New Delhi”.
It urged the Modi authorities to rein within the mob and defend non secular minorities.