The Indian Supreme Court has rejected to stop the implementation of citizenship law
The Indian Supreme Court has rejected the demand to stop the implementation of the new citizenship law and added to the government that a five-member bench of judges will review all objections.
According to the news agency Reuters, those who oppose the law believe it has been prejudiced against Muslims, to which 144 petitions were filed challenging the constitutional status of the law, but the court has rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Has given the government 4 weeks to respond to these requests.
After the parliament's approval in December, the bill became law on January 10, enabling six religious minorities living in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to seek refuge in India, but Muslims are not included in the list of six religions.
Experts and critics termed the decision to exclude Muslims from the law as prejudicial, saying that making citizenship law based on religion is a violation of India's secular identity.
Opposition leaders, Muslim parties and groups, as well as groups of students, filed a petition in the court requesting that the law has stayed until the matter was resolved by the court.
However, Chief Justice Arvind Bobde, who headed the three-member bench, told the court that the Constitutional Bench of five judges could decide on the matter and in the meantime gave the government more time to clarify its position.
The Chief Justice told the government lawyer that we give you 4 weeks to submit a response to all the requests and indicated that the next trial will be held in late February.
In support of this law, the government believes that religious minorities, such as Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, will be benefited by this law as they face discriminatory behaviour in Muslim-majority countries.
Last month, the student body of the Indian state of Assam, which was the stronghold of the protests, announced its opposition to the issue.
"We will continue to fight the legal battle with democratically non-violent protests," Lorna Jyoti Gogoi, general secretary of the All Assam Student Union, told news agency Reuters.
It is to be noted that there have been strong protests against the controversial citizenship law in India last month, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come out strong against the law and said that the law in her state The body will be enforced by passing through it.
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