India cuts off funding for Mother Teresa's charity

The Indian government has blocked Mother Teresa's charity from receiving funds from abroad.

The move comes amid rising intolerance towards religious minorities in the country.

Founded in 1950, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity supports thousands of nuns around the world who run hospices, schools, leper colonies and homes for abandoned children.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government refused to renew the charity's license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

The home ministry said in a statement that while considering the application, it had noticed some ''adverse inputs".

The charity has also been accused, by hardline Hindu groups, of leading religious conversion programmes.

The MoC has rejected that allegation, and local residents of Kolkata said on Tuesday, they had seen no evidence of it.

"I would request all our government officials in the central (federal) government to please come outside Mother House every morning at 6'o clock and see the line of homeless poor people stretching for more than one mile who are given a free meal. Not one of those people is a Christian and not one of those people are asked to become Christian."

Since Modi came to power in 2014, right-wing Hindu groups have consolidated their position across states.

They have launched attacks on minority groups claiming they are trying to prevent religious conversions.

Now, several states have passed, or are considering, anti-conversion laws that challenge the right to freedom of belief in the country.

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