False terror charges against Muslims matter of concern: Sadananda Gowda

Union Minister for Law and Justice DV Sadananda Gowda expressed his concern about the false terror charges slapped on Muslim youths in the country.

"Arrests of Muslim youths on false terror charges are a matter of concern. We are thinking of bringing in changes. The law commission is working on a report in this matter to bring about reforms in criminal procedure, bail, prosecution lapses, etc," Gowda said in an event in Aligarh marking the two years of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, reports The Times of India.

 False terror charges against Muslims matter of concern: Sadananda Gowda

File image of Sadananda Gowda. AFP

This comes days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there is no threat to India from the Islamic State as people of the Muslim community are against the terror organisation.

"They (Islamic State) cannot grow in India as Muslims won't allow them," Singh said in an interview to ETV.

Gowda's comments in Aligarh come at a time when the BJP is gearing up for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Also, the state of Muslims and other minorities in the country has caught the attention of the Congressional commission in the United States.

The commission will hold a hearing to examine the current state of human rights in India, coinciding with the White House meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama.

"In 2015, religious tolerance deteriorated and religious freedom violations increased in India. Minority communities, especially Christians, Muslims and Sikhs experienced numerous incidents of intimidation, harassment, and violence, largely at the hands of Hindu nationalist groups," the US Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its latest report.

With inputs from agencies.

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Updated Date: Jun 01, 2016 10:38:12 IST