New Delhi, April 3: A US State Department report released on Sunday has sharply criticised India over alleged human rights violations in the country and could be seemed as a major red mark on the report card of Indian government.
The strongly worded report refers to the police case against activist Teesta Setalvad, encounter of eight suspected Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists in Madhya Pradesh, restrictions on foreign funding of NGOs, dowry-related deaths and female genital mutilation as human rights violation acts of country in 2016.
The report was titled, ‘Human Rights Practices in India for 2016’ and comes as a big image churner for Modi government.
The reported delves deeper into the issue of rejection of permits to 25 NGOs from receiving foreign funds and stated that several voluntary organisations have admitted that these actions by the government has threatened their ability to continue operations in the country.
Citing example of “corruption and lack of transparency in government” the report cites ‘Vyapam’ scam in Madhya Pradesh. It further says the scam show prevailing irregularities in the recruitment of the Government officials and admission into the educational institutions.
“Investigations and prosecutions of individual cases took place, but lax enforcement, a shortage of trained police officers, and an overburdened and under resourced court system contributed to infrequent convictions,” the report said.
The document doesn’t skip the mention of reported instances of police and security force abuses, including extra judicial killings, torture, rape and corruption and brings about huge embarrassment for the nation abroad.
It also highlighted other human rights problems included disappearances, hazardous prison conditions, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pretrial detention.
“There were instances of infringement of privacy rights. The law in six states restricted religious conversion, and there were reports of arrests but no reports of convictions under those laws. Some limits on the freedom of movement continued,” it said.
Rape, domestic violence, dowry-related deaths, honour killings, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women and girls remained serious societal problems (in 2016), the report said.
“Trafficking in persons, including widespread bonded and forced labour of children and adults, and sex trafficking of children and adults for prostitution, were serious problems,” said the report.
Wefornews Bureau (With ANI inputs)