Thousands participate in protest against CAA and NRC

Mysuru, December 26:- Various organisations staged a protest in the city on Thursday, condemning Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Thousands of protesters who had gathered in front of Sri Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall on Ashoka Road here, shouted slogans against the central government. Former mayors of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) also participated in the protest.

The protesters said that the central government should have acted to prevent the financial crisis of the nation. They alleged that the central government is trying to divert the attention of the people towards NRC and CAA from other burning issues. They said that the central government is trying to divide Hindus and Muslims.

The CAA aims to provide fast track Indian citizenship to illegal migrants belonging to Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Sikh and Parsi religion who came to India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh before 31 December 2014. Notably, the CAA specifically excludes Muslims from the ambit of the Act. Since the CAA requires these non-Muslim illegal migrants to have been residing in India for a period of at least 5 years from the date of application, they will become eligible to be considered for citizenship on and after 31st December 2019.

The intent of the law presumably is to provide refuge to the above class of non-Muslim illegal migrants who suffer religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh on account of their minority status. Notably, the CAA does not include Ahmadiyas and Shias of Pakistan or Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar who also suffer religious persecution in their respective countries. (MR/KS)

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