Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed on Thursday against "massacres" of Muslims in India after at least 38 people were killed in New Delhi in municipal violence.
"India is currently a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Muslim massacres. By whom? Hindus," President Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence between Hindus and Muslims broke out this week due to a citizenship law.
Over 200 people have been injured in clashes and killed 38 since late Sunday, during which Hindu and Muslim mobs fought battles armed with swords and weapons. The violence affected thousands of properties and vehicles.
According to a document seen by AFP, the victims are an approximately even mix of Hindus and Muslims based on their names.
President Erdogan, a pious Muslim, sees himself as a defender of Islam and often makes public statements on questions of faith and his followers.
He accused the mobs who attacked Muslims of hurting children studying in private education centers with "metal sticks as if they wanted to kill them".
"How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When they speak – since they have a large population – they say" we are strong ", but that is not a strength," added President Erdogan.
The riots are the latest bout of violence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's citizenship law that sparked months of demonstrations that were fatal in December.
Critics say PM Modi wants to transform the officially secular country into a Hindu state.
Many of India's 200 million Muslims fear that the Citizenship Act – along with a controversial civil registry – will make them stateless or even take them to internment camps.