Indian Government assures Muslims of equal rights alongside Hindus, unaffected by CAA

The Union Home Ministry assured Indian Muslims that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will not affect their citizenship or rights, clarifying that the legislation is unrelated to the community’s status. The ministry emphasized that no Indian citizen, including Muslims, would be required to prove their citizenship under the Act. It highlighted the Act’s focus on providing citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, who arrived in India before December 31st, 2014, aiming to protect minorities and Islam from persecution. The ministry underscored that Muslims from any country could apply for Indian citizenship under existing laws, and the CAA doesn’t revoke naturalization laws. Despite protests in some regions, including Assam, the government reiterated its commitment to the Act’s implementation.

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