Amid the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests across the country, Bangladeshi-Swedish writer Taslima Nasreen has come out in favour of the act saying that it is ‘very good’ and ‘generous’.
Nasreen, on January 17th, 2020, said that the law should make an exception for Muslim “free-thinkers, feminists, and secularists” from the neighbouring countries.
“It is nice to hear the religious persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will get citizenship (of India). It is a very good idea and very generous one,” Nasreen said as quoted by the Outlook India.
The physician further said, “I think that there are people like me from the Muslim community, free thinkers and atheists, who too are persecuted in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and they too should have the right to live in India.”
It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the gazette notification for the implementation of the act on January 10th, 2020. The parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill on January 11th, 2020. This triggered massive protest across Assam which later, spread to other parts of the country.
The act seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Buddhist and Parsi, who have become victims of religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and exerted into India on or before December 31st, 2014 and lived without documentation.
In Assam, the protestors have been continuing the protests against the act. The movement in Assam is spearheaded by the All Assam Students’ Union, an influential students’ body. On the other hand, the women of Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim dominated area, have set an example by holding peaceful sit-in demonstration demanding immediate withdrawal of the act.
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