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"Atrocities increase during election time and it is the losing candidates who often accuse the minorities for being the reason for his defeat," said Syeda Hamid, a member of the visiting team that went under the banner of Women's Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA). However, it was always the Muslim community which inspired the minorities to stay back and also took responsibility for their personal security.
Releasing a joint statement on behalf of the Indian and Bangladeshi women at a press conference here today, WIPSA called upon both the Governments and civil society to adopt strong measures in the public and private spheres for tolerance and respect for all. It suggested more dissemination of information and interaction between the two countries. All governments in South Asia should reduce their defence budget and liberalise the visa regimes to allow for greater people-to-people contacts.
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