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Citizenship Amendment Bill gets President Kovind’s assent, becomes Act

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New Delhi: In a late Thursday night order, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, letting it become an Act allowing Indian citizenship to six non-Muslim minority migrants facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

As per gazette of India, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 of “Parliament received the assent of the President on December 12, 2019, and here by published for general information”.

The Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette.

As per the Act, 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.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and by the Lok Sabha in a midnight sitting little past on Monday.

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Girl gang raped in moving car in Haryana; 2 held

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Chandigarh: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in a moving car in Haryanas Panipat town by two youths, one of them being an acquaintance, said police on Saturday.

The Class 11 student was found unconscious near a park and later admitted to a private hospital here on Friday night.

Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar told the media that both the accused were arrested and the car used in the crime was impounded.

A case was registered on the statement of the victim against them under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The victim did not return after attending a tuition class on Friday. Late in the evening, the family came to know that she was lying unconscious in Model Town area.

The police said one of the accused knew her and called her near the crime scene to celebrate a birthday. Four youths, who were having liquor in a car, forced her to take liquor and she fainted.

She was later taken by two youths in a car and was allegedly raped in the moving vehicle. After committing the crime, the accused left the girl near the park where her scooter was parked.

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