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2021 Report On International Religious Freedom

2021 Report On International Religious Freedom:

The 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF) was released by the US Department of State.

  • The document is distinct from the IRF report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
  • USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity while the IRF is part of the US State Department. The former’s report holds a statutory obligation.

Highlights of the Report

  • India has seen an increase in attacks on people (due to religious intolerance) and places of worship.
  • Attacks on members of religious minority communities, including killings, assaults, and intimidation, occurred throughout the year.
  • These included incidents of ‘cow vigilantism’ against non-Hindus based on allegations of cow slaughter or trade in beef.
  • The India segment also highlights anti-conversion laws in the country, noting that 28 states have these laws and arrests were made under them.
  • It also notes that several State governments announced plans to introduce anti-conversion laws.
  • Police arrested non-Hindus for making comments in the media or on social media that were considered offensive to Hindus or Hinduism.
  • There have been attacks in Jammu and Kashmir targeting and killing civilians and migrants, including Hindu migrant workers from Bihar.
  • As per reports, this caused extensive fear in the Hindu and Sikh communities, leading to an exodus of migrants from the area.
  • Incidents of lynching of Muslims in Tripura, Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir in 2021 are also mentioned.

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