Iran laments “anti-Muslim” violence in New Delhi

Asim Ali, Delhi violence, India, Shaheen Bagh
Hindu mob beating up a Muslim man during riots in New Delhi on Monday. Photograph by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

The Islamic Republic of Iran has said that the country is anxiously following the news coming from India where communal violence has killed over 40 people.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi expressed deep sorrow over the recent violence against Muslims in the Indian capital that was the worst since 1984.

“Iran is anxiously following the news coming from India,” Mousavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim News during a video press conference in Tehran on Monday.

“We are very sorry and deeply saddened for the incidents that have happened,” he said, adding, “We consider India a country of religious tolerance.”

“The news we hear is very worrying,” the spokesman said, expressing hope that the anti-Muslim violence in India will end as soon as possible.

Violence erupted in the Indian capital last Monday, leading to a three-day-long rampage, with Hindu mobs attacking Muslim homes, shops and mosques.

The attacks were carried out on protesters, who have been rallying against a new citizenship law, after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra threatened peaceful sit-ins would be removed from the streets.

The violence in Delhi killed at least 42 people, and injured hundreds.

It was the worst violence in Delhi since 1984, when more than 3,000 Sikh minority were killed following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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