Highest restrictions on religion: India in top of the list globally
India is amongst the top five countries in the world that has the highest levels of social hostilities involving religion amongst the 25 most populous countries in the world, says a PEW report.
The report also adds that India, along with Russia, Egypt, Pakistan and Nigeria had the highest combined levels of government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion in 2015, while Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Ethiopia and the Philippines had the fewest restrictions and hostilities.
PEW’s Research Centre added that government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015 for the first time in three years.
“The share of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions – i.e., laws, policies and actions that restrict religious beliefs and practices – ticked up from 24% in 2014 to 25% in 2015,” the report added.
The report stated that the global rise in social hostilities reflected a number of factors, including increases in mob violence related to religion, individuals being assaulted or displaced due to their faith, and incidents where violence was used to enforce religious norms.
Of the 198 countries in the study, 105 (53%) experienced widespread government harassment of religious groups, up from 85 (43%) in 2014 and 96 …read more