Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and #Justiceforasifa when he arrived in London on Wednesday.
Carrying placards with bold lines “Modi go home” and “we stand against Modi’s agenda of hate and greed,” they gathered outside Downing Street and parliament as Modi arrived for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.
Sexual violence against women is a highly charged political issue in India, where protests regularly erupt about entrenched violence against women and the failure to protect them. The protesters including Muslims and Sikhs, who called for end to religious persecution, and human rights activists, who called for end to violence against women.
Coaches brought in over a thousand Sikhs from gurudwaras in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Slough and Southall, and they were clearly the largest group protesting against Modi. “Modi is a butcher, a terrorist,” said Love Sunder Singh Dalewal from the Sikh Federation UK, who had organised these protests.
Groups staged their protests against Modi both through presentations and through letters to the foreign secretary. The gangrape and murder of the girl in Kathua was picked up by many to make their point that “religious fanaticism displayed in the behavior by these communal elements has threatened the peace and harmony of the region,” according to the community activists.
Around more than 40% rape victims in India are minors. The human right activists in India belief these figures are still gross underestimated.