“Stop adding religious colour”- India to US panel upon sharing of misguided reports.
This Wednesday, India denied the report sent from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom which said that COVID-19 patients in Ahmedabad are segregated according to their religion. India called this report as “misguided” and, added that there no such segregations taking place. India has asked US Commission on International Religious Freedom to stop adding religious colours to how India is fighting against COVID-19.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the peremptory commentaries made on religious freedom in India were not enough that the USCIRF is now spreading misguided reports on the medical measures taken by Indian professionals to fight against the coronavirus disease.
He said that no such segregation among patients is done as clarified by the Government of Gujarat.
Srivastava said the USCIRF “must stop adding religious color to our national goal of fighting the pandemic and distract from larger efforts”.
The US panel had expressed worry over how India is treating patients amidst COVID-19 a disease by a coronavirus and, in the tweet, the panel said that they worry after the report of segregation of Hindu and Muslim patients that are being done in a hospital of Ahmedabad.
“Such actions only help to further increase ongoing stigmatization of Muslims in #India and exacerbate false rumors of Muslims spreading #COVID19,” it said. The USCIRF had earlier criticized India on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
It has been criticizing publicly at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in New Delhi on freedom issues related to religions. It also provided recommendations to the US President Donald Trump in December 2019 to impose sanctions on Amit Shah, Indian Home Minister, who piloted the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAA) through the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
American Congress mandates the US commission panel to oversee, analyze and make a report on threats to freedom of religion abroad. It is an independent and bipartisan federal government entity. Foreign policy recommendations are made by US commission panel to the US secretary of state and US Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief.