New Delhi: India terms the views of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) “regrettable”. A statement made by a US commission after the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 on Monday night said that the USCIRF had asked the US government to consider sanctions against the Home Minister Amit Shah for trying to make a law to create “a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims” and if the bill with religious criterion is passed by both houses of parliament.
“The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge…” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement made by the USCIRF on the contentious bill “is neither accurate nor warranted”, the government said in the statement, adding further that “the bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries.”
“Neither the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) nor the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process seeks to strip citizenship from any Indian citizen of any faith. Suggestions to that effect are motivated and unjustified,” India said. However, the government didn’t reply to the USCIRF allegation that the bill ignores the Muslims facing persecution in any neighbouring country, as it proposed to give citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 31, 20