Indian court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law
December 18, 2019 12:26 PM NPT
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against a new citizenship law and to show solidarity with the students of New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia university after police entered the university campus on Sunday following a protest against the new law, in Ahmedabad, India, December 17, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
NEW DELHI, Dec 18: India’s top court on Wednesday refused to stall the implementation of a new law that lays out a path for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries for Indian citizenship, despite violent protests across the country.
The Supreme Court said it would hear petitions challenging the law on Jan. 22. The petitioners argue that it violates India’s secular constitution.
Protests against the law erupted in the northeastern state of Assam last week. They have since turned violent and spread to universities across the country, where students and the public have come out to chant anti-government slogans and call the law anti-Muslim and anti-constitution.