Hongkong: Amid the nationwide chaos in India over the Citizenship Amendment Act, India Diaspora in Hong-Kong has extended its support for the law. Hundreds of Indian natives staged a demonstration in Hong-Kong with placards and flags. The protesters also raised slogans such as “We support CAA”, “We Welcome Our Sisters & Brothers across the borders with Open Arms” etc.
“The demonstration was held to dispel the misinformation and myths about the law to combat the propaganda of hatred,” said Sohan Goenka, President, Overseas Federation of BJP (China & Hongkong).
There is a chaos in India over the CAA as a fraction of people is opposing the law.
The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 simplifies citizenship rules for migrants from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian religions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Previously a person needed to stay here for at least 11 years to get citizenship of India. The duration of acquiring citizenship has been made from one year to 6 years by making this rule easier. It means, people coming to India from these three countries will get citizenship.
“The CAA would help to uphold the human rights of the people who have been persecuted for their religious beliefs in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They will not be considered as illegal migrants. Additionally, the mandatory residence period for naturalised citizenship for these communities would be reduced to five years,” said Raju Sabnani, Vice President of Overseas Federation of BJP (China & Hongkong).