India’s Citizenship Bill is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction, says US Commission for Religious Freedom
- The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and will be tabled in
- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (
USCIRF) has called it a dangerous turn.
- The statement of the USCIRF also said that the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership, if the bill is passed in both houses.
“The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith,” said USCIRF.
Today, the bill will be tabled in the Upper House of the parliament – the Rajya Sabha.
“If the CAB passes in both houses of parliament, the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership,” said the official statement of the USCIRF.
However, the bill does not include Muslims which has become a point of contention and has sparked protests across the country, especially in the North Eastern state of Assam.
“In conjunction with the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam and nationwide NRC that the Home Minister seeks to propose, USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims,” said the USCIRF.
What is citizenship bill and how does it affect religious freedom in India?
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