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Parliament of India began its winter session

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 1:24 (IST)

The Parliament of Indian opened its winter session between November 18 and December 13 that is likely to see another round of controversial laws being proposed, debated and passed by the BJP government.

Among the many laws proposed, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is most debated. If passed, the bill will make Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and illegal immigrants who are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Parsis eligible for Indian citizenship. But the law intentionally omitted Muslims from the illegal immigrants list.

Secondly, the nationwide anti-conversion law that prevents any kind of religious conversion may be the most debated bill in the parliament session. Christians and other minorities in the country fear the passage of the law will limit the religious freedom and liberty of all citizens.

The states where anti-conversion laws are currently enacted, religious minorities are facing a widespread abuse. Hindu radicals use the law to specifically target Christians and Muslims and persecute them.