India truth-assessments worldwide media document on CAA, labels it ‘deceptive’

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The authorities company wrote on X that “misinformation is being spread by @AJEnglish concerning the Citizenship Modification Act, calling the act ‘anti-Muslim”

India’s Press Records Bureau (PIB) on Tuesday (Mar 12) issued a truth-test rebuttal of claims made by worldwide media outlet Al Jazeera that had labelled the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) “anti-Muslim”.

India on Monday (Mar 11) introduced the implementation of the Citizenship (Modification) Principles, 2024, which goals at granting of citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

In a put up on X on the identical, Al Jazeera wrote: “India implements ‘anti-Muslim’ 2019 citizenship law weeks earlier than election”.

The social media put up linked to an article from the Qatar-basically basically based mostly media community, headlined, “India implements ‘anti-Muslim’ 2019 citizenship law weeks earlier than election”.

PIB posted a screenshot of the Al Jazeera document, marking it as “MISLEADING”.

The authorities company wrote, “Misinformation is being spread by @AJEnglish concerning the Citizenship Modification Act, calling the act ‘anti-Muslim'”.

It added that “CAA will not be any longer going to take away citizenship of any Indian citizen no topic religion. It is far not any longer in opposition to any single religion/ neighborhood.”

“It is an enabling law top to present citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighboring countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh,” it added.

Earlier, India’s Ministry of Dwelling Affairs had emphasised that the Act “does no longer prevent any Muslim, who’s persecuted in those Islamic countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) for practising their version of Islam, from making use of for Indian citizenship below the present guidelines”.

“CAA does no longer wreck the naturalisation guidelines. Attributable to this truth, any particular person, including Muslim migrants from any out of the country country, looking for to be an Indian citizen, can apply for the identical below the present guidelines,” the ministry added.

Such spurious claims and deceptive headlines were carried by several worldwide news net sites.

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As an illustration, BBC’s headline reads, “CAA: India to enforce migrant law that excludes Muslims”.

The headline of The Guardian document reads, “India enacts citizenship law criticised as ‘discriminatory’ to Muslims”.

The headline of the CNN document is “India strikes to implement controversial citizenship bill that excludes Muslims”.

Citizenship Modification Act (CAA)

The Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) changed into as soon as passed in December 2019, and it got the president’s assent.

The law, on the choice hand, could perhaps not reach into ticket to this level as suggestions wish to be notified for its implementation.

Enacted on December 11, 2019, CAA amended the Citizenship Act 1955 by offering a direction in direction of Indian Citizenship for minority religions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, or Christians who arrived in India earlier than the tip of December 2014.

The residence ministry acknowledged that the “Structure of India grants us the proper to present non secular persecuted refugees with traditional rights and to grant citizenship from a humanitarian perspective”.

The implementation of the Citizenship Modification Act changed into as soon as delayed attributable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Earlier this month, the authorities went forward with a notification for enforcing CAA.

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