India’s Supreme Court delays hearing citizenship law pleas

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New Delhi - The court said it would consider the pleas on January 22.

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Published: Wed 18 Dec 2019, 9:27 AM

Last updated: Wed 18 Dec 2019, 4:51 PM

India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed hearing pleas challenging the constitutionality of a new citizenship law that has sparked opposition and massive protests across the country. The court said it would consider the pleas on January 22.
Protests and widespread condemnation have been growing against the Citizenship Amendment Act, with demonstrations erupting in India over the last week.
The new law applies to Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities who are in India illegally but can demonstrate religious persecution in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It does not apply to Muslims.
Critics say the new law is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s agenda to marginalise India’s 200 million Muslims and goes against the spirit of the country’s secular constitution. Modi has defended it as a humanitarian gesture.
University students across India have been leading a campaign to have the law overturned.

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