From lynching to attack on dissent, Modi government failed to preserve rights: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights report of 2017 didn’t bring any clear and fair picture of India regarding the conditions of Human Rights in the country. The report describes how India failed to maintain the rights of the people of various cast, creed, religion or gender.

However, it did appreciate the Supreme Court’s verdict to reconsider its ruling over criminalizing the homosexuality. The report is not a good news for the ruling party of the country as it clearly mentioned that the BJP government failed to secure the rights of the minority in the Secular country.

The report starts with a scathing attack on the Government of India stating, “Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government—often carried out by groups claiming to support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—became an increasing threat in India in 2017.”

The report accused many BJP ruled states for extrajudicial killings. The international organization for Human Rights clearly mentions Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jammu Kashmir allegation were made on security forces of torture.
The national human rights commission has already sought a report from Yogi Adityanath government over his statement to give free hands to police.

The report has appreciated the Supreme Court of the country for strengthening the Fundamental rights of Citizens. It mentioned the ruling of the apex court including Right to Privacy, the announcement of triple talaq as a criminal offense.

The report also pointed out the casualties which took place in Kashmir in 2017, it stated that In the first 10 months of 2017, there were 42 reported militant attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in which 184 people were killed, including 44 security force personnel. The report also talked about the use controversial Human shield to stop stone peltings on jawans by Kashmiri youths.

Khattar government incapability of handling the violence made by Dera goons also found a place in the yearly human rights report.

The report which has been divided into several subtopics also include a section which only high lights the governments undefined actions against the critics.The report says that whoever criticised the government was tagged as anti-national. Dissent was crushed by legal actions.

The pressure and attacks on Journalists are being notified by the report which states Journalists faced increasing pressure to self-censor due to the threat of legal action, smear campaigns and threats on social media, and even threats of physical attacks. In September, unidentified gunmen shot dead publisher and editor Gauri Lankesh, a vocal critic of militant Hindu nationalism, outside her home in Bengaluru city.

Mentioning about India’s response to Rakhine’s refugee crisis the Human Rights criticised the government over to deport Rohingyas to a place where they were being killed, the report states In September, Prime Minister Modi visited Burma amid a growing humanitarian crisis as more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State fled to Bangladesh in the face of ethnic cleansing by Burmese security forces following attacks by a Rohingya militant group. India committed to providing aid for large-scale infrastructure and socio-economic development projects in Rakhine State but did not call on the government to check abuses by its security forces or to amend its discriminatory citizenship law that effectively keeps the Rohingya stateless. At home, BJP leaders threatened to deport Rohingya refugees, saying they were illegal immigrants.

Human Rights report pointed out the violence against Women in India in 2017, the report says that rape survivors and victims are still forced to remain silent, the administration behaviour is ignorant and the victims face barriers to reporting such crimes, including humiliation at police stations and hospitals; lack of protection; and degrading “two-finger” tests by medical professionals to make characterizations about whether the victim was “habituated to sex.”

Ill-Treatment of Dalits, Tribal Groups, and Religious Minorities

In the report, the Modi government has been criticised for neglecting the rights of Dalits, Tribal Groups, and Religious Minorities. All the lynching and mob attacks were counted by the Human Rights Watch in the report. It states that the government remained a silent spectator while the minority communities were assaulted by goons. Instead of taking actions on goons the police filed cases against victims.

On Dalits, the report says that even Prime Minister has launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan but the sanitation workers who are mostly Dalits have been dying in Sewage lines and Gutters.


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