DAWN reports that India plans to amend Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant citizenship to undocumented migrants who fled religious persecution in Pakistan and Bangladesh, including Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Zoroastrians, Sikhs and Jains.
Sources confirmed that a bill is in the works to amend the act and make changes to some provisions.
Many people who fled into India fearing religious persecution do not have valid documents, or have their visas expired. They are considered illegal migrants and ineligible for citizenship. READ MORE
But behind this latest show of tolerance, India’s Christian minority (equally approx. 25 million) have long felt the weight of discrimination. And since Modi and his PJB party came into power last year, things have become progressively worse as Indian Christians have seen an increase of persecution.
Speak Out Against Hate, a website who maps out hostility and discrimination against Christians in India says, “Christians in India are facing unprecedented violence and discrimination. The hate crimes against Christians are fueled by rhetoric against the community and sadly, often, goes unreported and unaddressed.”
Here are some of the latest reports listed on the site.