Prime Minister Narendra Modi Condemns Religious Violence in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said on Tuesday that his government would not “accept violence against any religion, on any pretext” and that it would take forceful steps to prevent and prosecute such crimes, in a speech widely interpreted as a response to a series of attacks on Roman Catholic churches in and around New Delhi.

“My government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the minority or the majority, to incite hatred against others, overtly or covertly,” Mr. Modi said at a New Delhi ceremony to honor the recent canonization of two Indians by the Vatican. “I strongly condemn such violence. My government will act strongly in this regard.”

For weeks, church officials and rights campaigners have urged Mr. Modi to address a growing sense of insecurity among the country’s religious minorities, which include large populations of Muslims and Christians.

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One comment on “Prime Minister Narendra Modi Condemns Religious Violence in India

  1. Katherine says:

    I hope he means it. Christians in India, especially Protestant Christians, have been subjected to discrimination and sporadic violence for many years. Recently, Catholics in the Delhi area have been targeted.