The Islamic Associations of Iranian Students condemned violence in the Indian capital New Delhi and reminded the Indian Government of the need to ensure the safety of Muslim community in the country.
Muslims in India are being harassed and beaten under unreasonable pretexts which are worrying fellow Muslims across the world, the statement said. “We should hear the outcry of fellow Muslims who are enduring persecution. We must take action to save them,” read the statement
India, which calls itself the land of peace, has today turned into the land of oppression, the statement said, regretting that everyone was silent.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on December 11, 2019. It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to obtain Indian citizenship to anyone except Muslims, who were facing persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan before December 2014.
Earlier, Javad Zarif tweeted: “Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.”
The tweet had India summon the Iranian ambassador Ali Chegeni to convey their disregard and also asked Iran to stay out of matters that are internal to India.
This did not stop Iran as its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei wrote in his tweet – “The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India,” which further antagonized India.