Protests which were erupted after the passage of controversial anti Muslims Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which granted indian nationality to minorities excluding Muslims, have spread across the country as 200 million Muslims fear the legislation is part of the Hindu nationalist government’s agenda to marginalise them.
A protest in the Indian capital against a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent on Tuesday (Dec 17) after police fired tear gas at demonstrators. Security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds after protestors pelted them with stones in Seelampur, New Delhi, said a police official, with reports of multiple clashes across the area.
Meanwhile, students and activists allege they were subjected to beating, humiliation and abuse by police when protesting against the bill on the campus of university Jamia Millia Islamia.
Protests over a new Indian citizenship law based on religion spread to student campuses on Monday as critics said the Hindu nationalist government was pushing a partisan agenda in conflict with the country’s founding as a secular republic. Students pelted stones at police who locked up the gates of a college in the northern city of Lucknow to prevent them from taking to the streets. About two dozen students at another college in the city sneaked out to protest.
Earlier, On Wednesday (Dec 11) India’s parliament passed a contentious citizenship bill which granted citizenship to to illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighboring countries before 2015, excluding Muslims. This bill is considered as the part of the RSS ideology which is filled with hate for Muslims.
According to the bill Now, there will be an exception for members of six religious minority communities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – if they can prove that they are from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They will only have to live or work in India for six years to be eligible for citizenship by naturalisation, the process by which a non-citizen acquires the citizenship or nationality of that country.
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