CAA will cause Muslims to face exclusion: U.S. panel

  • “There are serious concerns that the CAA serves as a protective measure for non­Muslims in case of exclusion from a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC),” the USCIRF says. “This purpose is evident from BJP politicians’ rhetoric. With the CAA in place, Muslims would primarily bear the punitive consequences of exclusion from the NRC which could include ‘statelessness, deportation, or prolonged detention,’ according to three United Nations Special Rapporteurs.”
  • However, official sources in New Delhi said the new citizenship law was an internal matter that would stay. “CAA is a done deal. It’s not going to change. The Prime Minister has also made it clear that India will not budge an inch on this issue,” said the source in response to USCIRF’s comments on the CAA and the NRC.


Two Dalits tortured in Rajasthan, seven arrested

  • Two Dalit youth were beaten up, stripped and tortured in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district on the suspicion of stealing money from the cash box of an automobile service agency. The police on Thursday arrested seven persons accused of committing the crime after several videos of the assault went viral on social media, leading to protests in the State Assembly and strong reactions from political leaders.
  • The youths lodged a complaint at Panchodi police station, after which a case under Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (causing hurt) and 143 (unlawful as sembly) of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered.