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NCM Vice Chairman Welcomes Amendments To Citizenship Law

National Commission for Minorities vice chairman George Kurian on Tuesday welcomed the amendments to the citizenship law


New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) National Commission for Minorities vice chairman George Kurian on Tuesday welcomed the amendments to the citizenship law and said those advocating for minority rights in India are silent on the persecution of minorities in Pakistan.

In a statement, Kurian said if justice is done to certain communities, it should be welcomed by all.

"Those who are vociferously advocating for minority rights in India are silent on the persecution of minorities in Pakistan," he said.

He said as the vice chairman and Christian member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), he wholeheartedly welcomes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

He claimed the commission is flooded with messages from Christian leaders of all denominations from across the country welcoming the new legislation.

"They tell me justice has finally been done to Christians who are victims of draconian blasphemy laws, religious conversions and abductions," he said.

According to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014 facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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