Indian new citizenship law comes into effect

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New Delhi

The provisions of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act have come into effect from Saturday, according to a notification issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs late Friday night, The Wire reported on Saturday.
The notification comes amid widespread protests across the country which have claimed dozens of lives as law enforcement authorities have on many instances used disproportionate force to suppress dissent. Protesters from all walks of life including students and Bollywood celebrities contend that the CAA — which grants citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated to India from neighbouring countries — is discriminatory towards Muslims and is against India’s secular foundations. Several critics have even termed the move as unconstitutional.Agencies