Muslim women lead Indian citizenship protests

Muslim women lead Indian citizenship protests

07.01.20 / For more than two weeks, Muslim women have been rallying in India against a new citizenship law that critics say targets Muslims.

The law, which came into effect on 11 December, offers amnesty to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it will protect religious minorities fleeing persecution in these countries, and ease their path to gain Indian citizenship. But protesters say it’s an attack on India’s secular foundations, and many India’s Muslims fear the law will discriminate against them – and could even go as far as to push some out of the country or into detention centres.

Sources: BBC, CBC

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