A report released by the US State Department has identified widespread human rights abuses in India.
Violations, according to the US report, include serious human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings by government agents, violence against Muslims and massacres in occupied Kashmir by government and non-government forces.
The US human rights group also noted that the Indian government recently banned schoolgirls from wearing the hijab in the state of Karnataka, and the state’s High Court upheld the ban despite strong international criticism.
According to a report released by the US State Department, it has received credible reports of Muslims being targeted in some parts of India.
The report further states that in some areas the Muslim community is a victim of sectarian and racist violence, with Muslims being subjected to physical abuse, prejudice, forced displacement and cattle smuggling.
The report includes cases of extrajudicial killings, extrajudicial killings by the government or its agents, torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by police and prison officials.
The report identified harsh and deadly prison conditions, arbitrary arrests and detentions by government officials, political imprisonment or detention, and arbitrary or illegal interference with confidentiality.
The report further states that India is a democratic country but it is common here to use criminal contempt laws to prosecute violence, threats of violence, or arbitrary arrests or prosecution of journalists, social media speeches while freedom Freedom of the Internet, including expression and the media, is restricted.
The report states that India has extremely strict laws on funding NGOs and civil society organizations, or operations and rehabilitation of refugees.