Should the Government grant Citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus?

By Nayanika Tiwari, NMIMS School of Law.

In July 2012 two NGOs Swajan and Bimalangshu Roy Foundation filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India on the issue of grant of citizenship or refugee status to thousands of displaced persons, mostly in Assam, of minority communities like Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians due to their alleged religious persecution in Bangladesh, must not be bracketed with illegal migrants and sent back. The petition filed through counsel Shuvodeep Roy stated that in spite of a specific mandate of Section 2 of Immigrants (Expulsion from Assam) Act, 1950 protecting from expulsion victims of civil disturbances, no measures have been taken either by the Centre or Assam to provide ameliorative steps for displaced persons. (more…)