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India: Religious Freedom

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of temple desecration in Goa, India; what assessment he has made of the scale of the problem; and what assistance the Government is providing to the Indian Government to deal with the (a) causes and (b) consequences of the problem. (226263)

We were concerned to hear reports of temple desecration in Goa. The government of India has not requested assistance, but our high commission in New Delhi continues to monitor all issues relating to religious freedom in India. Our staff have regular meetings with the appropriate Indian authorities and highlight our concerns about incidents involving religious intolerance and persecution.