CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Referring to the annual report submitted by the US Department of State to the US Congress on International Religious Freedom, the Dal Khalsa has said that the US report has categorically denounced the state of religious freedom in India. The 27-page report has trashed India’s claim of vibrant democratic traditions and practices.
It is noteworthy here that the US administration has given a detailed account of the protests and criticism against the Indian government’s decisions on the Citizenship Amendment Act and Article 370 in its ‘International Religious Freedom Report’ for 2019.
Party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said the report is a mirror as to how badly India treats its minority communities. “The report has vindicated our viewpoint that minorities are unsafe in India and that the present dispensation has criminalized the democratic protest and dissent,” he added.
“The young activists and University students from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, who have taken cudgels against the discriminatory laws, were facing persecution by law enforcement agencies working under the Union Home Ministry,” he further said.
The Dal Khalsa lambasted the Modi dispensation for denying visas to teams of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a non-governmental advisory body to the US Congress.
“If India has nothing to hide, then it should allow the team of USCIRF, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to visit the country to have a first-hand assessment of the ground situation in conflict regions,” said Kanwarpal Singh.
The Dal Khalsa has urged the Trump administration to reprimand India for terrorizing and intimidating minorities by invoking draconian laws against its people.