India has failed to respect, protect and promote human rights of its citizens, said the national bishop's conference's Commission for Justice, Peace and Development on Tuesday when UN Human Rights Day was celebrated.
The message signed by commission secretary Father
Charles Irudayam recalled many cases where basic rights were trampled on
in recent years.
This included the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, the pogroms
based on caste or religion and the impunity for perpetrators of the
pogroms in Gujarat, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
Minister Narendra Modi, under whose watch massive anti-Muslim riots took
place in 2002 has been declared the Prime Ministerial candidate of the
extreme right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been tipped by
political analysts to win next year’s national elections.
party is also accused of anti-Christian riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal and
for fanning recent riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffar Nagar between Hindu
Jats and Muslims.
“The Indian situation shows widespread and
flagrant violations of the rights that adversely affect the lives and
the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable groups,” the Commission said.
state has chosen to sacrifice the rights of its citizens on the altar
of development. There are mass displacements of tribals for mining
activities or construction of power, thermal or nuclear power plants to
the detriment of the living conditions of the fishermen or farmers. The
failure of the state is evident in the failure to protect women and
children from abuse and sexual violence, despite the laws."
Indian Bishops said its commitment to the poor, marginalised and
oppressed has been, “Reiterated by Pope Francis in his recent Apostolic
Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium: ‘Each individual Christian and every
community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and
promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of