09:45 GMT01 December 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): As turmoil grips India due to a controversial Citizenship Law passed on 15 December, the country has borne witness to widespread protests against legislation granting citizenship to persecuted immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but barring Muslims.

    British media personality Katie Hopkins, who often lands in hot water due to her explicit views, has shared a video of an Indian protester throwing stones at a bus and slammed Muslims in India for their “mentality” while hurrahing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for enacting the Citizenship Law.

    “The mentality of the Islamists protesting against the Citizenship Bill Why would India want these types as citizens? Hindus build. Islamists destroy. Keep going Modi. Hooray for #CAB2019", said Hopkins in a tweet. However, the video was later deleted from the original tweet, following backlash. 

    Hopkins was soon lambasted by social media users for sharing an old video unrelated to the ongoing protests in India.

    In the video, shared by Hopkins, a bearded man can be seen hurling stones at a bus stationed on a road in India. But it turned out that the video was actually of an angry local smashing the windshield of a bus that had hit a pedestrian.

    Other netizens also joined the fray and lashed out at Hopkins for spreading “hate” and peddling fake news.

    The Indian Parliament cleared the Citizenship Amendment Act, which grants citizenship to illegal immigrants from six religious minorities – Hindus, Parsis, Jains, Christians, Buddhists and Sikhs while excluding Muslims, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is for those who arrived in India prior to 2015.

    Since the passage of the law, many protests have been witnessed in the country. Over the last few days, these have spread to various universities across India – from northeastern Guwahati to western Mumbai and northern Chandigarh to southern Chennai.


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