Citizenship Act comes into force

The Citizenship Amendment Act came into effect on Friday with the government issuing notification, ignoring largescale protest against the contentious legislation.

The gazette notification was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

This comes against the backdrop of countrywide protests, indicating that the government is firm about implementing it.

The Act provides for citizenship for religiously persecuted minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh while excluding Muslims from its ambit, which the Opposition and activists have opposed.