Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that it is not possible to prove the concept of religious persecution on the implementation of the citizenship law across the country. He made his point clear that religious persecution of citizenship is not the norm. He questioned how any person can prove that he has been tortured on religious grounds.
Assam Min HB Sarma on his statement,’not possible to proof religious persecution’:If a person has to prove it then he has to go to Bangladesh&collect a copy of police report. So,I said that it’s not possible to proof concept of religious persecution
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2020
Minister Sarma said that there are three criteria to apply for obtaining citizenship under CAA. The first of these is that the applicant be Hindu, Jain, Parsi, Christian, Sikh or Buddhist. Secondly, the applicant should be originally from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and third is to have proof of living in India before 31 December 2014. He said that apart from this, religious persecution is not a criterion for citizenship.
Sarma explained the reason behind this and said that how can anyone prove that he has been tortured on religious grounds. This is not possible. If a person wants to prove this, then he will have to return to the country concerned and obtain documents related to harassment from the police. In such a situation, how will any country be ready to believe that it has been or has been persecuted on religious grounds.