Muslims across India continue to fall victim to government-sanctioned harassment and hate crimes by extremist elements of as well as discriminatory regulatory policies.
Since his rise to power in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi – a lifelong member of the militant Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu group – has emboldened extremist groups that view India as a Hindu nation and consider its 230-million-strong Muslim population as a foreign threat.
A recent string of lynchings of Muslims by Hindu mobs for the so-called cow protection as well as other hate crimes has cast fear and despair among the large community in India, according to local and international press reports.
Several states across the country have proposed or enacted legislation criminalizing conversion to Islam and Christianity, including through marriage.
A video emerged just this week from a recent gathering of right-wing Hindu groups in which some delegates called for Muslims to be…