India: Vehicles set ablaze amid citizenship bill protests in New Delhi

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At least three buses and other vehicles were set ablaze during protests against the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill, which offers a faster path to citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from some neighbouring countries, in the Jamia Nagar area of New Delhi on Sunday.

Severely burnt buses with broken windows, damaged tyres and shards of broken glass scattered all over the road near where the demonstration took place. Workers have already begun using heavy machinery to remove the gutted vehicles from the thoroughfare.

According to reports, more than 50 protesters were reportedly injured during the protest and were sent to receive medical assistance after clashes broke out during the demonstration, which took place near the Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Under current Indian law illegal migrants are not ever eligible for citizenship but the new law provides a path for migrants who are either Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs or Hindus from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan as long as they entered the country before 2015.

The bill requires migrants to have faced persecution or fear of persecution in their country of origin and also reduces the naturalisation requirements for these classes of migrant from 11 to 5 years.

Critics say that the bill could cause further ostracisation of the some 200 million Muslims living in India and state that it is discriminatory in nature as it does include Muslim migrants from the same countries.

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