A new federal federal legislative document claims that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is part of the Indian government's efforts to provide a religious test for citizenship.
In a fact sheet published on Wednesday, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that major protests had broken out across India after the Citizenship Law was passed.
"Shortly after the CAA was passed, there were large-scale protests across India, with the government taking violent action against the demonstrators. Combined with a proposed nationwide national civil register, there is concern that this law is part of a religious effort Could create a test for Indian citizenship and lead to widespread disenfranchisement of Indian Muslims, "said USCIRF.
The CAA grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. Since parliamentary protests have broken out nationwide against the controversial CAA, the draft law gave its nod last year.
The USCIRF subsequently condemned the bill, which it called "a dangerous turn in the wrong direction," and requested US sanctions against Interior Secretary Amit Shah and other key Indian leaders "if it passed the" religious criterion "from both houses becomes parliament.
India has condemned the USCIRF's "inaccurate" and "unjustified" comments, declaring that the law aims to allow persecuted religious minorities from "bordering" countries to accelerate their taking into account Indian citizenship.