Folk i den nordøstlige Assam-provinsen protesterer mot den nye statsborgerloven som ble vedtatt onsdag. Den utelukker statsløse muslimer fra å søke indisk statsborgerskap.
Selv de som bor i landet – 170 millioner – må bevise at de har bodd i India i generasjoner og ikke er migranter fra nabolandene.
“It is a political signal of a terrible narrowing, a chilling exclusion, directed at India’s own largest minority. India is to be redefined as the natural home of Hindus, it says to India’s Muslims. And that they must, therefore, be content with a less natural citizenship.”
The government has said the new law will be followed by a citizenship register that means Muslims must prove they were original residents of India and not refugees from these three countries, potentially rendering some of them stateless.