Intolerance a growing issue in India, says writers’ group

NEW DELHI: India must overhaul its antiquated laws and cumbersome legal system, which are increa­singly being misused to silence dissent in the Hindu majority country, a global writers group said.

Hardline Hindu groups have been accused of fomenting intolerance of religious and other minorities since nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power at general elections in 2014.

Pen International said a survey of authors, lawyers, activists and journalists this year found that a “culture of intolerance has taken root in India and has grown more menacing”.

Defamation, sedition and those laws pertaining to hate speech were being misused by “intolerant individuals and groups” to severely restrict freedom of expression, it added. — AFP