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Citizenship Bill expected to be tabled in Parliament on Monday amid protests in Northeast

The contentious Citizenship Bill, which got a green signal from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, is expected to be tabled in the Parliament on Monday amid protests from opposition parties and strong resentment in the Northeastern states.

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Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta participates in a demonstration against CAA

The contentious Citizenship Bill, which got a green signal from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, is expected to be tabled in the Parliament on Monday amid protests from opposition parties and strong resentment in the Northeastern states.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB aims to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, who were “forced or compelled to seek shelter in India due to persecution on the ground of religion”.

The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsi eligible for citizenship after six years of residence in India. The Bill will also shield them from proceedings of illegal migration.

There are, however, two exceptions to the bill. The CAB will not apply to areas under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution – which deals with autonomous tribal-dominated regions in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. The bill will also not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram). These exceptions didn’t exist in the Bill’s earlier version.

The Bill has been slammed by several opposition parties as communal and divisive with the Congress threatening to challenge the proposed legislation in the Supreme Court. “Citizenship can’t be given on the basis of religion,” they reason.

A large section of people and organisations in the Northeast have been opposing the Bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.

The influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), literary organisation Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) have announced agitation till the Bill is withdrawn.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has assured that the government has taken care of the interests of everyone and “the interest of India”. “People will welcome it as it is in the interest of the nation,” he told reporters.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said it violates the basic idea of India that religion can never be a reason for citizenship.

“Those who believe that religion should determine nationhood… that was the idea of Pakistan, they created Pakistan. We have always argued that our idea of the nation was what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehruji, Maulana Azad, Dr Ambedkar have said, that religion cannot determine nationhood,” Tharoor told reporters in Parliament premises.

Calling the CAB “unconstitutional” and “divisive”, veteran Congress leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the Congress will approach the Supreme Court.

“Congress will move the SC because we believe that CAB is unconstitutional and against the spirit of secularism. It is divisive and violates the constitutional provision – equality for all. There cannot be division on the basis of religion, caste or creed,” he said in a tweet.

The All India United Democratic Front has requested Amit Shah not to introduce the CAB in Parliament as it is “against the interest of people of Assam and the country”. Twelve MPs from the Northeast also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week saying civil society groups of the region are opposing the bill.

Despite facing serious opposition, the BJP is determined to pass the bill. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has directed all party MPs to be present in the Parliament when the bill is tabled saying “this bill is as important as the move to nullify Article 370”.

The draft legislation is expected to sail through Lok Sabha, where the BJP has a majority and is unlikely to face serious hurdles in Rajya Sabha as the ruling party has often managed the support of parties like the BJD, TRS and YSR Congress for its flagship agenda.

The CAB was an election promise of the BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP-led NDA government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure and got the Lok Sabha’s approval. But it did not introduce it in the Rajya Sabha amid protests in the Northeast. The bill lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha.

According to the earlier bill, those who came to India on or before December 31, 2014, will benefit from the proposed legislation.

The government is believed to have made certain changes in the new version.

The BJP’s alliance partner in the Assam government, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) which had exited the BJP-led coalition at the centre only to return, appears to be divided on the issue. The AGP’s founding president and signatory to the Assam Accord Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is opposing the bill while the current chief and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora has supported it.

The ruling party’s third alliance partner and Bodoland People’s Front has also not opposed the bill as it is unlikely to be applicable to the BTAD areas which are under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

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Viral: Residents of Omaxe society face UP government’s bulldozer justice, resident asks have fundamental rights of people vanished | Watch

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

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A video from UP’s Noida has been making rounds on the internet where residents of the Grand Omaxe society in UP can be seen blasting the bulldozer culture started by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. In the video, the resident can be seen saying that the alleged encroachment done by is false and asked the Media to come along with him, he further can be heard saying that these people will get exposed.

The media in reply can be heard that they are not being allowed to see the alleged encroached area of the resident, to which the resident can be seen losing his cool and blasting the government officials asking the media if the fundamental rights of people have vanished. The resident further asked when did India turn into the Republic of China. He further added and asked are Iran? has Uttar Pradesh turned into Iran?

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The Omaxe Society of UP’s Noida recently came into the limelight when a video went viral where Politician Shrikant Tyagi had an altercation with another resident. Subsequently, after the video went viral, Tyagi was arrested for abusing and pushing a woman on camera.

After his arrest, the Noida authorities rolled in with bulldozers to demolish the illegal structures constructed on the encroached land. The residents of the society had welcomed the decision taken by the authorities as many of them came in support of the bulldozer action taken by the government on Shrikanth Tyagi’s residence.

However, in a sudden turn of events, the residents of the Omaxe society, who were celebrating the bulldozer action, became victims of it themselves as the municipal corporation of Noida rolled into the society to demolish any illegal construction done to it.

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

The residents of the Omaxe society were given a 48-hour notice, however, some reports claim that some residents were not given any notice and this action by the authorities came as a surprise to them. The residents of the society can be seen protesting outside the gate of their society, imploring the authorities to not carry out these actions.

Despite incessant impeding and imploring by the residents, the authorities carried out demolition on the encroached land of the residents.

The Supreme court of India recently cautioned and instructed the UP to strictly adhere to due process before carrying out the removal of unauthorized structures.

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8 men repeatedly raped and filmed 17-year-old Rajasthan girl, blackmailed her for Rs. 50,000

After being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

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A shocking incident came into light from Rajasthan’s Jaipur, when a 17-year-old girl was repeatedly gang raped by 8 men Bhiwadi. The incident took place in December last year when the accused forced the victim to ₹50,000 for the video of the sexual assault.

The torment didn’t stop there, the 17 years old was asked to pay Rs. 2.5 lakhs and when she failed to do so, the accused released the video clip where the 4 men were forcefully having sexual intercourse with the girl.

On Thursday the father of the 17 year old filed a Police complaint after the video circulated for some time and reached him. However, the girl didn’t say a word about the sexual assault or the blackmail.

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But after being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

The father said in his complaint that his daughter was raped by 8 young men last year in December. The accused belong to from Bhiwadi, not far from where he lived. The eight men first raped and filmed the assault and later blackmailed her for money.

This January, the girl was gang raped again and was later forced to pay ₹50,000 to keep the video a secret by the same accused 8 men. Police said the men later demanded more money. When she could not pay the ₹2.5 lakh that they demanded, they released the video on social media. Girl’s medical examination has been conducted.

And seems like the state of Rajasthan is doing nothing about the fact the maximum numbers of rape in India happen in their state. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, Rajasthan recorded 6,337 rape cases in 2021, the highest in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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Varanasi lecturer removed for his FB post asking women to read Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days

Several students from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith filed complaints against the guest lecturer and his FB post being a anti-Hindu message.

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A shocking incident took place in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi when a guest lecturer from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV) was dismissed over his Facebook post. Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam’s entry was restricted in to the college campus after he suggested women to read the Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days during Navratri.

Dr. Gautam took to his Facebook handle and posted a status writing that instead of fasting or 9 days in Navratri, Hindu women should rather read Indian Constitution and Hindu Code Bill these 9 days so as to avoid the slavery and crimes that they face.

This FB post gathered a lot of attention on social media followed by several students of the same college filling complaint against the guest lecturer about it being an anti-Hindu message. And the incident ended by MGKV removing the guest lecturer “with immediate effect” due to the resentment caused among students and the environment of the varsity being affected.

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The guest lecturer Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam received lot of back lash on social media as well. People called it a rather regressive post and called out the man for not understanding the real essence of Navratri and the importance of it. But the lecturer also got support from some social media users that the man is entitled for his opinion and no organization can close doors on the basis of personal opinion.

Four days ago, another shocking incident from Varanasi had taken over the headlines, when a a French woman who was in India on her tour, found herself naked in bed after her drink was spiked by a man who posed as a local guide in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.

Reports say the woman tourist from France suffered serious stomach illness after her drink was spiked by a man before she was leaving for her home. Following the incident, the woman filed an FIR under Section 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code with the Bhelupur police.

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