India: Court halts demolition of Muslim properties in Delhi
24 April 2022 | 10:50 am
Government critics accuse the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP of using so-called demolition drives to intimidate the country's Muslim minority. But authorities say they are only targeting illegal structures.
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