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Students in India protest against discriminatory new citizenship law

Students in India protest against discriminatory new citizenship law

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Protests have erupted across India against the police crackdown at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi after Sunday evening.

According to Indian Media, clashes between police and students erupted after the students solidarity march was stopped at the Aligarh Muslim University. By midnight, students from the Hyderabad Maulana Azad Urdu University and the Banaras Hindu University had also joined in the protests.

In Delhi, hundreds of people gathered outside police head quarters after a request was made online by a student for protection from the police. The events took place on Sunday evening after a protest march by the Jamia students ended in a clash with the police. 

Activists who came forward to speak up against the new citizenship bill were injured in New Delhi as they clashed with the police. Tear gas and baton charges were used to disperse demonstrators at a major university.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says the new law will save religious minorities such as Hindus and Christians from persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan by offering them a path to Indian citizenship, but Indian Muslims fear the new law is discriminatory and will marginalise India’s 200 million strong Muslim population.

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