800 Pakistani Hindus returned home from India, says NGO – Newspaper

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NEW DELHI: About 800 Pakistani Hindus in Rajasthan, who came to India seeking citizenship for alleged religious persecution, returned to the country in 2021, according to Seemant Lok Sangathan (SLS), a minority human rights group in Pakistan. immigrants to India, Hindu he said on Sunday.

The SLS quoted it as saying that most of the returnees returned home after failing to progress in their citizenship applications.

Their return is said to be a shame in India where the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) started the online citizenship application process in 2018. It also enables 16 collectors in seven countries to accept online applications for nationality for Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis. , Jains and Buddhists from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The law on religiously based citizenship has been challenged by opposition groups in India. Red bureaucratic red-tape is a barrier. Although the whole process is online, Hindu he said, the portal does not accept expired Pakistani passports, forcing asylum seekers to rush to the Pakistani High Commission in Delhi to renew their passports at a high cost.

“Being a family of ten, they ended up spending more than Rs1 lakh on the Pakistani High Commission to renew their passports. These people came to India in the midst of financial hardship and coughing up so much money was not possible,” an SLS official was quoted as saying.

The MHA informed Rajya Sabha on December 22, 2021, that according to the online module, there are still 10,635 citizenship applications pending by the Minister since December 14, of which 7,306 applicants were from Pakistan.

According to Mr Singh, there are only 25,000 Pakistani Hindus in Rajasthan waiting for citizenship, some over 20 years. Most of them have applied for offline mode.

In 2015, the MHA amended the Citizenship Act and officially authorized the residency of six foreign nationals of immigrants, who entered India before or before December 2014 due to religious persecution, exempting them from the provisions of the Passport Act and Foreigners Act as their passports expired.

Published Parhlo, May 9, 2022

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