İrem GÖL -TDO- According to the Guardian, eight British Muslims detained in India for more than two months face criminal charges after getting caught up in a court case in which thousands of foreign Muslims are accused of violating the coronavirus lockdown. The British Muslims who are subject to the criminal charges claim that they are victims of religious persecution by the Indian government. The Indian government is led by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata party which is known for its anti-Muslim agenda.
The petition is filed to Delhi high court on 20th of May and the treatment is defined as “tantamount to illegal detention.” More than 2,500 foreign Muslims, from 35 different countries are being charged in the case. In addition to that, the British Muslims are also accusing the UK Foreign Office for abandoning them and their families indicating that the UK government cared “more about diplomatic relations than appealing human rights violations.”
However, the British government refused the accusations by claiming that they have bene in close contact with the prison officials and Indian authorities to ensure the conditions of the detained. In the statement the government said they are supporting the British people detained in India.