New Delhi: The United States on Saturday expressed concern over rising intolerance and violence in India and asked the Indian government to take actions to protect its citizens and bring perpetrators of violent crimes to justice.

The US reaction came after growing reports of intolerance in India where Dalit youths were thrashed for skinning a dead cow followed by the public beating of two Muslim women for carrying buffalo meat in Madhya Pradesh.

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said, “We stand in solidarity with the people and Government of India in supporting exercise of freedom of religion and expression and in confronting all forms of intolerance.”

“We’re obviously concerned by reports of rising intolerance and violence…As we do in countries facing such problems around the world, we urge the government to do everything in its power to protect citizens and to hold the perpetrators accountable,” Kirby said.

Kirby expressed optimism about US-India relationship which borders on tolerant-inclusive vision.