Saturday 11 January 2020 5:46 AM UTC
New Delhi Jan 11: The Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA, which promises citizenship to only non-Muslim refugees from three neighbouring countries, came into effect on Friday, an official notification from the Home Ministry said. The controversial law, that makes religion a criteria for citizenship for the first time in India, has triggered massive protests across the country.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” the notification said.
Passed by parliament on December 11, the CAA says that members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The Home Ministry, however, is yet to frame the rules for implementing the act.
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