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Delhi Muslims forced to go meatless amid clash of festivals

Orders to close butcher shops for Navratri seen as discriminatory during Ramadan

A man waits near closed meat shops in a Delhi market. (Photo by Najmus Saqib)

NEW DELHI -- A ban on selling meat in parts of India's capital during a Hindu religious festival has sparked an outcry among minority communities, especially Muslims who see the move as the latest encroachment on their religious freedom.

Mukesh Suryan, a mayor from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced on April 4 that meat shops in his jurisdiction of South Delhi should close during the "auspicious period of Navratri, devoted to Hindu Goddess Durga."

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