Muslims excluded from citizens’ rights bill in India

Indian Muslims protest against the citizens' rights bill. The legislation still needs approval in the upper house.

India’s lower house passed on Tuesday legislation that excluded Muslims from the rights of citizens and granted citizenship to members of other religious minorities.

As per the legislation, the Hindus, Christians and Sikhs who moved from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to India will be granted citizenship and rights.

The bill sparked protests in the country as the protestors said rights and jobs have been taken away from them.

The legislation still needs approval in the upper house.

Critics said it is a transparent attempt by Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win in the elections due in May, adding, people in the region would not accept the political injustice perpetrated by the Bhartiya Janta Party.

A deadline to provide documents to be included in the registry passed on Dec. 31.

Protesters threw stones at police and a militant North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) set banners and posters of BJP leaders and Narendra Modi on fire and vandalized political offices.