India

After the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won the 2014 elections, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed to protecting women from violence and providing better access to health care and sanitation. The government has conducted harassment and arbitrary arrests of activists, particularly those organizing protests against development projects, and placed increased restrictions on funding of NGOs. Caste and religion-based discrimination is rampant, as is longstanding impunity for abuses by security forces. The government has expressed a commitment to freedom of speech but Internet censorship is on the rise, as is state censorship of controversial publications and films. The government has failed to take strong action against ultranationalist or extremist groups that threaten violence.