A local administration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has defied an order from the state high court and subsequently bulldozed a mosque - which is seen as one of the most inflammatory actions against a Muslim place of worship since the demolition of the Babri Mosque in 1992.
The mosque was situated in the city of Ram Sanehi in Uttar Pradesh, and had stood for over six decades.
India has been downgraded from ‘Free’ to Partially Free’ in the annual report published by Freedom House, a Washington-based pro-democracy think tank and human rights watchdog.
Published this week, the latest report marks the 4th consecutive year of democratic backsliding under the Modi government, highlighting that the country appears to be inching closer to authoritarianism.
In the aftermath of the online backlash against the Indian government's callous treatment of protestors, India has threatened to 'punish' Twitter if it does not comply with the government's request to restore a block on accounts connected to allegedly inflammatory tweets about farmers’ protests.
On Monday, Twitter blocked over 250 accounts, following a request by the Indian government, under the presupposition that the tweets could potentially 'incite' violence.