LONDON (INP): A number of UK lawmakers and Islamic bodies have called on the British government to ban Sadhvi Nisha Rithambara, a Hindu extremist, from entering the country on a speaking tour due to her Islamophobic rhetoric.
Rithambara heads the Durga Vahini organization which is the woman’s wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). A Hindu extremist out, VHP is among the close allies of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), under whose rule India has witnessed a sharp increase in anti-Muslim violence and hatred.
Rithambara is set to pay visits to temples in Birmingham, Bolton, Coventry, Nottingham, and London from September 20 to 24. International rights groups have warned that anti-Muslim air in India could even escalate further.
They have accused Modi’s governing party of looking the other way and sometimes enabling hate speech against Muslims, who comprise a 14% minority in India’s 1.4 billion population but are still numerous enough to be the second-largest Muslim population of any nation.
Two Labor lawmaker Sam Tarry and Yasmin Qureshi have voiced their opposition to Rithambara’s tour in the UK.
A disturbing trend of violent anti-Muslim attacks has rocked the English city of Leicester over the past few months as locals complain radicalised Hindus are roaming the streets on a weekly basis, hunting down vulnerable Muslims and assaulting them.