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Govt set to modify Citizenship law to treat religious minority from Pakistan and Bangladesh

Indian Citizenship law

New Delhi: Now, Indian Citizenship law will be modified to treat religious minority from Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to India out of fear of religious prosecution, as not “illegal migrants”. The move will be taken by the Home Ministry which is set to draft amending law in connection with the Citizenship Act of 1955 in India.

The so called changes will be giving a legal path for the refugees so that they can remain in India and even they would be allowed to claim Indian Citizenship. Moreover, this move is mainly and reportedly shown in a tune with the government of Modi’s unambiguous desire to be seen as a protector of Hindus against adverse situations in such countries. As such, it is now clear that if such modifications in law will be brought, then it will surely protect about two lakh of the Hindus from such countries and complaining often that they are ill- treated with the remark of ‘second- class citizens’.

Moreover, as per the so call modifications, the cut off date will be taken as 31st December, 2014 for the refugees to be eligible for citizenship. And its provisions contained under Section 2(1)(b) of the Act would be allowing to exempt the citizens from being treated as “illegal migrants.” Also, there may be brought amendments in the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and Foreigners Act, 1946.

Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan

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