"We encourage India to promote respect for human rights," says State Department spokesperson Ned Price, following last month's insulting comments by spokespeople for PM Narendra Modi's Hindu ultra-nationalist party.
The extrajudicial use of bulldozers on the homes of Indian Muslims sends a clear message about who the law will and will not protect from the encroachment of the state.
Several Indian cities have protested to condemn the ruling BJP's selective demolition drive targeting Muslim-owned shops and homes, in what critics call "a form of collective extrajudicial punishment."
India's cracking down on protesters with excessive use of force, arbitrary detention and punitive house demolitions is in complete violation of international human rights law and standards, human rights organisation Amnesty International says.
Authorities in northern Uttar Pradesh state arrest more than 300 people and tear down several houses belonging to Muslims in connection with unrest over insulting remarks made by members of ruling BJP about Prophet Muhammad and his wife Ayesha.
Over 30 members and some federal ministers of the Hindu nationalist party, who are authorised to take part in TV debates, asked to be "extremely cautious" when talking about religion, two BJP leaders say.
"In India, the world's largest democracy and home to a great diversity of faiths, we've seen rising attacks on people in places of worship," says top US diplomat Blinken.
Order comes after a survey team in northern Varanasi city allegedly finds Hindu relic at the site while a Muslim body representing the old mosque says the object being described as relic is part of the fountain in the ablution area.
The Islamic call to prayer is not only a way to express Islamic faith. It is also the way for a Muslim community to declare its presence in a country.
Eid al Fitr celebrations in India have been marred by a chain of attacks by Hindu extremists and vilification campaigns by nationalist media and hard-liners who have long espoused an anti-Muslim stance.
A police investigation into the desecration of three mosques and a shrine in northern India has led to the arrest of seven out of 11 Hindu right-wing nationalists believed to be involved in the incident.
US Commission on International Religious Freedom points to "numerous" attacks on Muslims and Christians, accusing Modi government of promoting an "ideological vision of a Hindu state" through policies hostile to minorities.
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