Indian Prime Minister urges end to bias against religious minorities
September 16, 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India has called for urgent steps to remove the “perceived bias” among law-enforcement officials against the nation’s religious minorities.
"Such a perception is inimical to effective policing, which must necessarily draw upon the confidence and cooperation of all sections of the population it serves," said the prime minister while addressing the national conference of state police chiefs and other top security officials in New Delhi. Singh’s warning was a response to complaints by religious minority groups that local police officers—most of them Hindus—have often remained spectators when Hindu zealots have attacked members of other religious groups. These complaints were heard in 1984, when Hindus slaughtered Sikhs in New Delhi. (The prime minister himself is a Sikh.) They were aired again in 2002, when 2,000 Muslims were killed by Hindu mobs in Gujarat. And they were heard most recently in 2008, when Christians in Kandhamal were hounded by Hindu mobs.