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Pregnant women refugees from Pakistan welcome citizenship law

Dec 24, 2019, 3:27 PM IST

 Many Hindu refugees from Pakiatan said they can now reap the benefits of being an Indian citizen. 

Number of Hindus who initially lived in Pakistan are now residents of Kali Beri and Buri Beri 20 km away from Jodhpur city in Rajasthan. Around 200 families reside here, in which many are married couples. However, with no identity nor citizenship, these couples have been facing issues since they moved into India. 

The pregnant women in this region, according to the Indian law were asked to produce their identity cards (Aadhar card or any related documents) for sonography test and when the women said they don’t have identity cards, the hospital staff would deny them treatment stating they were from Pakistan.  

A Hindu family who came to India 6 years ago from Pakistan, had to face several issues when it came to sending 3 people of their family back to Pakistan. The family claims that they fled Pakistan to get rid of the atrocities happening in Pakistan and sought refuge in India. The family stated that after 6 years of living in India, the CBI instructed them to send three members of the family of 19 people back to Pakistan. The family then visited the District Collector’s office and pleaded for help but their efforts were in vain.  

Now, with PM Modi-led government passing the Citizenship Bill, the Hindu refugees have a ray of hope that they will become Indian citizens soon. The Hindu refugees thanked the government for giving them an identity after many years and said that this will help them secure jobs, educate their children and make a happy living. 

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