India rejects comments by USCIRF, OIC
"Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying 'That's up to India'. This is a failure of leadership on human rights." Bernie Sanders
New Delhi, (PTI): India on Thursday strongly rejected comments by a US commission on religious freedom, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and US presidential nominee Bernie Sanders on violence in the national capital, calling their criticism factually inaccurate, misleading, and an attempt to politicise the issue.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the OIC and several US lawmakers, including presidential candidate Sanders, criticised India over wide-spread violence in Delhi.
Sanders on Wednesday tweeted: "Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying 'That's up to India'. This is a failure of leadership on human rights."
He is the second Democratic presidential nominee after Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak against the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Delhi. Republican Senator John Cornyn also criticised India on the issue.
The communal violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi has claimed 38 lives and left over 200 people injured.
"We have seen comments made by USCIRF, sections of the media and a few individuals regarding recent incidents of violence in Delhi. These are factually inaccurate and misleading, and appear to be aimed at politicising the issue," Kumar said.
Hours later, he hit out at the OIC for its statement on Delhi violence, saying its comments were factually inaccurate and misleading.
"The statements which have come out of OIC are factually inaccurate, they are selective, they are misleading. There is an effort on the ground, to restore normalcy, to create confidence," Kumar said.
"We urge these bodies not to indulge in irresponsible statements at this sensitive time," he said.