India denies visas to US religious freedom monitors

WASHINGTON: A US government team that monitors religious freedom around the world has been denied visas to India, New Delhi’s embassy in Washington confirmed Friday.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) visits countries to report on violations of religious freedom and make policy recommendations to US officials.

The group said Thursday that India had refused its request for visas for a long-planned trip, saying it was “deeply disappointed.”