India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday (Dec 18) turned down a plea to stop the implementation of a new anti Muslims Citizenship Law but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure.
“We want a stay order in the CAA case,” said Kapil Sibal, a lawyer for petitioners who challenged the law in court, adding it was in conflict with parts of the Indian constitution guaranteeing equality to all. Supreme Court Chief Justice S.A. Bobde refused requests to hold off the implementation of the law, which came into effect last week. The court will however hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the law on Jan. 22.
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.
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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