Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to assess the Indian government's recent reported actions against Muslim women, including legislation around fertility control; and whether the Government has raised concerns with the Indian government on that matter.
We condemn any instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, regardless of the country or faith involved. We are working hand-in-hand with state governments, law enforcement agencies, education authorities and British businesses in India to promote gender equality.
The British High Commission in New Delhi monitors all political and societal trends in India. We have noted draft legislation to incentivise limiting population growth in some Indian states. India has a long history of religious tolerance and we trust the Government of India to address the concerns of any people that may be affected by this legislation. Where we have concerns, we will continue to raise them directly with the Government of India.