• After 10 years in opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party won the 2014elections, and the. new government has committed to protecting women from violenceand providing access to healthcare and sanitation. However, there are concerns about the failure to protect religious minorities and restrictions on civil societyCaste-based discrimination and neglect of tribal communities has not been addressed. Lack of accountability for security forces and public officials leads to further abuses. The new government has expressed a commitment to freedom of speech but has not ended state censorship or taken decisive action against ultranationalist or extremist groups that respond to views they do not like with threats of violence.

  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi reacts after delivering his speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2014.
    India’s new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should bring public officials, police, and military personnel who commit serious rights abuses to justice.

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