Amidst the ongoing protests across India against the amended citizenship act, people of New Zealand took out a solidarity march against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
The march was led by Green Party’s leader Golrez Gharaman. The Kiwis also carried banners with a message like ‘kia kaha’, a local term that means ‘stay strong’.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament on December 11th, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Bill on December 12th, 2020, turning it into an Act.
The Centre notified the CAA on January 11th, 2020. 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 31st, 2014.
Massive protests broke out in the country soon after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in both the houses of the parliament. Those protesting against the law say that the Act is discriminatory and creates a divide on the basis of religion. Over
As many as 26 people have been killed so far including five in Assam in the ongoing protests against the amended citizenship law.
The legislation has been criticised in India and abroad for allegedly violating the Constitution of India and its promise of equality under Article 14. It was also criticised by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.