UN agency listens to report on mob lynching of Muslims, Dalits in India

New Delhi: In the last couple of months the Muslims in India have witnessed a rise in hate crimes against them. Also, there have been lynching of Muslims and Dalits across the country by fanatic Hindu mobs, ostensibly for the protection of the holy cow.

This was stated at the 41st Regular Session of the Human Rights Council which was held on Monday last at the UN headquarters in New York.

Mr. Paul Newmman Kumar Stanisclavas of the Centre for Africa Development and Progress informed the session that he is reporting the matter because India is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

He said at least 10 Muslim men have been lynched in public in suspected hate crime in the recent past. The attacks have contributed to a growing sense of insecurity among Muslims and intensify religious tensions. The recent trend is to make Muslims chant “Jai Shri Ram”.

About two weeks ago a 24-year-old, Tabrez Ansari, was beaten for hours until he died at the hands of Hindu mob in the eastern state of Jharkhand for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram”.

Recently a teacher was attacked in a train for being a Muslim. He was heckled to say “Jai Shri Ram.” When he refused, he was beaten and forced to get off the train.

He also reported that Pratap Sarangi of the ruling BJP in his first speech in the parliament asked: “Why people, who refuse to chant Hindu slogans should be allowed to live in India?”

He said that these fanatic Hindu mobs have been moving around with apparent impunity. “The Indian state has remained mute to the cries of the minorities. We urge the UN to intervene and request India to follow the principles laid down in its own constitution,” he said.

Growing sense of insecurity among Muslims after surge in hate crimes, says Paul Newmman Kumar Stanisclavas of the Center for Africa Development and Progress at the UN Human Rights Council’s 41st Regular Session.

Mr. Paul Newmman Kumar Stanisclavas was listed as Speaker No. 73. His speech can be heard from 02:09:36-02:10:58.

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