Recently a video went viral on social media showing a restaurant in Gudaibiya being forcefully closed after a dispute erupted. This came as the owner of the restaurant who is a Hindu spoke in favour of the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
According to the New Indian Express, reacting to the video BJP spokesperson B Gopalakrishnan said some people are threatening Hindus based in Gulf countries for their stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and added that those responsible would be “forced to go to Pakistan”.
Gopalakrishnan's remarks came days after one Ajith Sreedharan, a doctor from Kerala, had to resign from a hospital in Doha after his comments in support of the new law triggered an uproar. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedhran on Wednesday visited him at his residence in Kollam and offered him all help.
According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
Last week, the Kerala government had ordered a stay on all activities in connection with NPR in view that it would lead to the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“After considering the concerns raised in the wake of the 2019 amendment in the Citizenship Act, the State Government has decided not to cooperate with the process to update the NPR to facilitate the preparation of the NRC,” said a statement from the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office.
India has seen massive protests across the country after the parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which demonstrators say is discriminatory against Muslims.
The United Nations has already expressed concerns about the law and the handling of protests in India.
“The amended law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality before the law enshrined in India’s constitution and India’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to which India is a state party, which prohibit discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious grounds,” the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said earlier this month.