The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is ready with a draft amendment for the Citizenship Act, 1955 which will enable thousands of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Hindu and Sikh refugees staying in India claim Indian citizenship.
As of now, all migrants are tagged as “illegal immigrants”. The numbers of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh have only decreased over the years with thousands fleeing into India to escape unmentionable atrocities on them committed by a handful of yet very powerful fundamentalists.
Those seeking economic migration will not benefit from the amendment.
How the government will determine the kind of refugee is based on the internationally accepted definition of a refugee and the norms.
A migrant camp for Hindu immigrants from Pakistan in Delhi. BBC
Many Hindu refugees from Pakistan live in Delhi. They say that they were always treated like “second-class citizens” and their girls “sexually harassed” by some fundamentalist Pakistanis.
Reports indicate that the amendment does not cover Muslim refugees from Pakistan and, especially, Bangladesh. The “illegal immigrant” in India is usually used to describe Bangladeshi Muslims.