Security forces are on high alert in India’s Assam after thousands of protesters including students took to streets to oppose passage of controversial anti- Muslims Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB on Wednesday (Dec 11).
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.
The legislation was passed 125-105 by the upper house, after the lower house voted in support of it on Monday. It will be sent to the president to be signed into law, with his approval seen as a formality.
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.
Soon after the passage of the bill, protests erupted against Narednra Modi led BJP government. Authorities have imposed curfew and suspended the internet connections to tackle the situation.
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