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Battle for India's new citizenship law moves to top court


Added 01-22-20 03:22:01am EST - “India's top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Battle for India’s new citizenship law moves to top court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW DELHI (AP) - India’s top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths.

The Supreme Court would not grant a stay before hearing from the government, which has argued the law is a humanitarian gesture allowing citizenship for people fleeing religious persecution in Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The law Parliament approved in December sparked vehement opposition. Protesters, political opponents and constitutional lawyers have said it is discriminatory because it excludes Muslims.

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The protests, nationwide and numbering in the tens of thousands, appear to be the fiercest public criticism Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government has faced.

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