Afghan, Rohingya Muslims converting to Christianity to get Indian citizenship

Rohingyas are from Rakhine province in Myanmar (Burma) and started migrating to India in late 2011 following oppression by Myanmar armed forces.

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Since the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into effect in India, there has been a spike in the number of Rohingya & Afghan Muslim immigrants wanting to convert to Christianity to become eligible for Indian Citizenship.

The central agencies, aware of this development, have apprised the government that almost 25 such cases of Afghan Muslims converting to Christianity has come to the fore.

Adib Ahmed Maxwell, who leads an Afghan church in southern Delhi, said, “After CAA, there has been an increase in the number of Afghan Muslims wanting to convert to Christianity.

Maxwell, 34, came to India at the age of 21. His parents follow Islam and live near Kabul in Afghanistan. “Most Afghans apply for asylum under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),” he said.

According to official data, there are around 160,000 Afghan Muslims living in Delhi, mostly East of Kailash, Ashram, Lajpat Nagar, and Ashok Nagar. The community recently helped Indian agencies locate Afghan Sikh Nidan Singh Sachdeva, who was kidnapped by the Taliban from Paktika province in Afghanistan. Nidan had gone to perform community service at a gurudwara in Afghanistan.

Besides, official estimates suggest there are almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims across India, with the highest number in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir. A large number of these refugees have been residing in India before 2012 and are now alleging to be from Bangladesh while converting to Christianity.

Rohingyas are from Rakhine province in Myanmar (Burma) and started migrating to India in late 2011 following oppression by Myanmar armed forces.

CAA: Muslim, Rohingya refugees convert to Christianity to take ...

“We have been following the Protestant (Church) mission with the support of several churches in India,” said Aziz Sultani, a member of the Afghan church.

In the past six years, 4,000 people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have been granted Indian Citizenship. About 15,000 Bangladeshis were also granted Indian Citizenship after India engulfed more than 50 enclaves of Bangladesh into its territory after the boundary agreement with Bangladesh in 2014.

What is the CAA?

It is pertinent to note here, that the historic Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which came into force from January 10, 2020, seeks to provide Indian Citizenship to the persecuted minorities belonging to six non-Muslim communities, namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Muslim-majority countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

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  • Hindu phir bhi nahi ban rahe LOL…. apna iman bech rahe haen wo bhi indian nationality ke lie yani na American na British, indian nationality ke lie??? Chiiii….

    Wese American aur British nationality ke lie bhi iman nahi becha ja sakta, bas point ko emphasis karne ke lie kaha..

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