12/06/2018, 17.10
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Religious intolerance growing among young people, Indian educationist warns

According to government data, attacks against minorities have increased by 30 per cent in the last three years. In 2017 there were around a thousand incidents resulting in 111 deaths. Unfortunately, “unemployed youth" vie to show who is less tolerant.

London (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Intolerance towards religious minorities, especially Christians, is on the rise among young Indians, warns Michael Williams, dean of Mount Carmel Schools in India, during a meeting in the British House of Lords organised by a Christian group, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International.

Citing government figures, the Indian educationist noted that attacks against religious communities have jumped by 30 per cent in the past three years with around a thousand incidents in 2017, 111 people killed and more than 2,500 wounded.

According to Williams, India’s "fundamentalist” government is to blame for creating a climate of intolerance and violation of human rights in the country akin to the current radicalisation in Islamic countries and the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s.

In his view, the modus operandi of the incidents is very similar and include the ‘return home’ movement to convert people to Hinduism.

Far too often, churches are not allowed to open places of worship, are falsely accused of forced conversations, and members of the clergy are physically and verbally abused.

Unfortunately, ‘This,’ he said, “has empowered Hindu unemployed youth and political wannabes who are vying to show who can be least tolerant of religious minorities”.

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