World is watching: US lawmakers express concern over Delhi violence
Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the "deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying", while Congressman Alan Lowenthal termed the Delhi violence a "tragic failure of moral leadership".
The violence over the amended citizenship act in New Delhi drew sharp reactions from US lawmakers, including Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, with the mainstream media prominently reporting it along with the just-concluded visit of President Donald Trump.
Reacting to the violence that has claimed many lives in the past a couple of days, Jayapal said the "deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying".
This deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying. Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination, or promote laws that undermine religious freedom. The world is watching. https://t.co/vZNsCfNbUZ— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 25, 2020
The contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) act seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014. It came into force in India in December last year.
Post that, there have been widespread protests in the country against the act which many claim is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims.
Jayapal had last year introduced a Congressional resolution urging India to end the restrictions on communications in Jammu and Kashmir and preserve religious 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 said.
Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren also a swipe at 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 said that "we cannot be silent as anti-Muslim violence continues across India".
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. https://t.co/4VXFlk5pEg— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 26, 2020
In a tweet, US Commission for International Religious Freedom said it is alarmed by reports of "deadly mob violence targeting Muslims in New Delhi". It urged the Narendra Modi government to rein in the mob and protect religious minorities.