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India: Religious Freedom and Sexual Offences

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 159540, tabled on 2 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has raised the issues of sexual violence against women and the persecution of Christians in his recent discussions with his Indian counterpart; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

10 July 2018

Our High Commission in India continues to address gender-based violence, particularly violence against women and girls, by working closely with Indian civil society and non-governmental organisations. They directly promote women's awareness of their rights and support survivors of sexual violence through the Indian criminal justice system. We condemn any instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, regardless of the country or faith involved. It is because these are priorities for the UK that the Prime Minister ensured the Commonwealth Heads of Government, including India Prime Minister Modi, re-emphasised in April their commitment to protect and promote democratic principles and human rights for all.