Religious Tensions in India
July 12, 2017
by Raghu Rai
Since 2014, when Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became India’s ruling party, India has seen an increase in violence towards Muslims. Most recently, Junaid Khan, a 15-year-old boy, was stabbed to death for suspicion of carrying beef. This is not the first time that Muslims have been publicly attacked for allegedly slaughtering cows and storing beef. In March 2017 two Muslim men were hanged for being suspected of trading cattle in Latehar, in Eastern India. Cows are considered sacred and revered in Hindu tradition, and vigilante groups have become increasingly violent in retaliating against anyone believed to be storing or eating beef. Amnesty International has called the growing violence against Muslims in India “deeply worrying,” while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to condemn or speak publicly about the attacks.
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