Women, Non-Hindus Express Outrage Over New Citizenship Law

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and a new citizenship law, in Kolkata, India, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Last month, officials in India passed a citizenship law for refugees that specifically excludes Muslims. Outrage over this legislation continues today.

“Prime Minister Modi’s government would like 100% of India’s people to be Hindus, so they are taking steps to make non-Hindus feel unwelcome and, in some cases, even revoke their citizenship,” Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton explains.

People took to the streets in protest when they learned of the legislation. Today’s demonstrations have an unlikely leader. “One of the main groups spearheading those protests is women,” Nettleton says.

“Women are literally camping out in the streets, coming together to say, ‘We are not going to allow this’.”

The movement is unusual because women typically don’t take part in politics, especially not on such a large scale. More about that here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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