The United States is concerned about the implications of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in India, a top American diplomat responsible for monitoring global religious freedom said on Friday. "Protests have also been reported in other parts of the country", the advisory stated.
India's new citizenship is "fundamentally discriminatory" in nature and does not offers Muslim the same protection as other minorities, the United Nations rights office said on Friday.
The alert comes as the region faces massive protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The government says that Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are Muslim-majority countries, so Muslims can not be treated as persecuted minorities. "Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted", the official advisory issued by US Embassy and Consulates in India read.More news: Samsung denies selling 1 mln Galaxy Fold smartphones
Earlier, the USA government also warned its citizens against visiting the northeastern states of India due to the ongoing protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Elsewhere in India, the bill has been opposed due to its allegedly discriminatory view towards Muslims.
As many as 26 Army columns have been deployed in Assam to support the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to handle the situation there, news agency ANI reported.
Internet services were suspended on Wednesday initially for 24 hours in ten districts of the state, and then extended for another 48 hours across the state, scheduled to expire this afternoon.More news: Blessings Performed Before Operation to Recover Bodies From White Island Volcano
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.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the citizenship bill late on Thursday, signing it into law, an official statement said.
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Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi has said the new law provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries.