India has rejected a US report alleging that intolerance towards religion was increasingly under the new government of the country, further stunned ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit.
The annual report on international religious freedom released by Pompeo on Friday said the Hindus used ‘terrorism, threats and harassment’ against Muslims and low caste in 2017 to introduce force-based national identities.
However, the Prime Minister’s government, Narendra Modi pointed out that, foreign countries have no right to criticize reports on the country.
Pompeo is expected to arrive in New Delhi this Tuesday, to strengthen the relationship that has been plagued by speculation on trade tariffs, data protection regulations, US visas for Indian citizens and arms purchases from Russia.
The US Freedom of Information report also said that groups claiming to protect cattle, the animals considered sacred by Hindus, attacked Muslims and lower caste.
Christians are also targeted since Modi came in force in 2014.
“While the Indian government statistics show violence in the community has risen dramatically over the past two years, the Modi administration has not addressed the problem,” the report said.
Following that, the Indian Foreign Ministry dismissed the report, saying the government or foreign entities should not touch on the rights of the nation protected by the Constitution.
“The Indian Constitution guarantees the rights of all its people, including the minorities,” said spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar in a statement.
It is pertinent to not that during the general elections number of minority people have been killed while several injured during the BJP violent campaigns.
The US seeks to strengthen relations with India as a counterweight to China’s power and influence.
However, last week India imposed higher import tariffs on 28 US goods in response to the recent withdrawal of New Delhi’s trade privilege rights.