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India citizenship law: SC to hear petitions challenging amended law

  • Published at 09:26 am December 18th, 2019
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The amendments have relaxed conditions for migrants of six non-Muslim communities

The Supreme Court of India will hear several petitions challenging the recent amendments to the Citizenship Act, even as protests against the new law raged across the country.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday.

The amendments have relaxed conditions for migrants of six non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to get Indian citizenship.

On Tuesday afternoon, a protest turned violent in North East Delhi’s Seelampur locality, prompting police to use tear gas shells and baton-charge. Protestors reportedly burnt vehicles and threw stones at police.

In the evening in Chennai, police entered the University of Madras campus amid a student protest and detained two students.

A delegation of Opposition leaders met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to advise the government to withdraw the amendments. However, Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah refused to back down, and said the Centre would do everything in its power to ensure the law is implemented.