Demonstrations have engulfed India after the parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Parsis who have faced persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and who arrived in India before 2015.
The bill, however, contentiously does not grant citizenship to Muslims arriving from these three neighbouring countries – something which protesters believe violates the Indian Constitution.
The widespread protests have led to Internet services being suspended in several regions to control the spread of rumours and maintain law and order.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India witnessed large-scale protests, some violent, against a controversial citizenship law that was enacted by the federal government early in December. The northern state of Uttar Pradesh witnessed large-scale violence and arson during the demonstrations, killing at least 18 people in clashes with security forces.
New Delhi (Sputnik): An amended law enacted by India in early December to grant citizenship rights to “persecuted” religious minorities from three Muslim countries on its borders has triggered widespread protests throughout the country.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government maintains that the amended law is solely about granting citizenship to persecuted refugees from three countries and not about taking anyone’s citizenship away. The government has warned it will not tolerate the country’s educational institutions being turned into political hubs.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Union Cabinet’s decision comes at a time when the country is witnessing nationwide outcry against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). During the numerous clashes between police and protesters, about 22 people have died and thousands have sustained injuries.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Mohammad Suleman, a 20-year-old student, was among 18 killed during protests over controversial Citizenship Law in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of casualties till now during protests against the new law.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s communally-sensitive northern state of Uttar Pradesh saw the highest number of casualties during anti-citizenship law protests with demonstrations showing no signs of abating.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Many Bollywood stars shared their opinion on India’s newly enacted Citizenship Law and the latest addition to the list was Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who stressed that when protesting it is critically important not to allow protests to become violent.
New Delhi (Sputnik): At least 22 people have died and over 7,000 have been detained in India’s Assam and Uttar Pradesh states in protests against a new law that allows Indian citizenship to be granted to non-Muslim religiously persecuted immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
New Delhi (Sputnik): 18 people, including an eight-year-old boy from Varanasi, have been killed in Uttar Pradesh state during protests against the Citizenship Act since Thursday.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Protests over a new citizenship law in India have been raging across the country since its enactment on 11 December. The law allows citizenship to be granted to non-Muslim immigrants like Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s controversial new law which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan has triggered severe criticism; protesters describe its failure to extend the amnesty to Muslims as a violation of the Indian Constitution.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Sunday that there were no detention centres in India to confine identified illegal immigrants and a country-wide National Register of Citizens (NRC) was not immediately on the agenda of his federal government.
New Delhi (Sputnik): About 100 students were reportedly injured at Aligarh Muslim University, a central university in the city of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, during the anti-Citizenship Act protests on 15 December. Tensions prevailed as police allegedly entered the campus and were forced to use batons and tear gas to control the situation.
New Delhi (Sputnik): In the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where Muslims account for 19.3% of the total population and constitute its largest religious minority, protest violence has resulted in 17 deaths, as residents voice their anger over the country's amended citizenship law.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been rocked by protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act since it was introduced last week. The law has faced much flak for granting citizenship to Hindus, Parsis, Jains, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, if they arrived prior to 2015, while conspicuously omitting Muslims.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally on Sunday at the Ramlila Ground. This is Prime Minister Modi's first election rally in Delhi after his massive second term win in general assembly elections earlier this year.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The wave of protests against India's new citizenship law continues to send ripples, with country-wide agitations entering their twelfth day. Despite measures put in place to curb the protests, the violence has erupted in several parts of the country over the past week.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Protests over a new citizenship law in India have been raging across the country since its enactment. The law allows citizenship to be granted non-Muslim immigrants such as Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, but Muslims aren't eligible.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s controversial new Citizenship Act has triggered widespread protests across the country, with thousands of people including students and Bollywood personalities taking to the streets.
Last week, the Indian parliament passed the bill, which allowed citizenship for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Parsis facing persecution in neighboring countries.