India: Muslim students and professors protest against citizenship bill in New Delhi

Students and teaching staff demonstrated outside Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi on Saturday against the recently ratified Citizenship Amendment Act, seen as a law discriminating against Muslims. Footage shows protesters at the university's gates, waving Indian flags and carrying placards and banners denouncing the bill. «This is the ninth day of our protest against the draconian... Еще and anti-constitutional bill that has been passed into Lokh Sabha and Rajya Sabha (Lower and Upper of Indian Parliament). This bill is the Citizenship Amendment Act, which is totally against the constitution and the secular character of our nation. This bill discriminates the citizens on the line of religion, cast, and all. This is a document which wants to deprive the minorities from basic rights. That's why we're protesting against this bill,» said Buran Hyder, PhD Scholar at Jamia University. «This is an indefinite protest. This will go as long as the government doesn't agree to our demand. We will protest as long as this bill, this act is not withdrawn. Since this documents wants to divide India on the line of communal and this government wants to bring a National Legislation of Citizen which will deprive minorities — Muslims especially — of their citizenship. So this is all about our struggle to save the constitution, save the nation, and save our citizenship,» he added. Large demonstrations have been taking place across the country since last Thursday over a new citizenship bill entitling migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan excluding Muslims for the Indian citizenship as long as they entered the country before 2015. Critics say that the act would further discriminate against some 200 million Muslims in India.

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