MHA Asks States, UTs to Check Fake News on against Citizenship Act

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The Union Home Ministry on Monday requested states and Union Territories (UTs) to take all possible steps to check violence and make certain protection of lifestyles and properties. In an advisory, the ministry additionally informed the states and UTs to take action towards circulation of fake news and rumours on social media having the capacity to incite violence.

Violence turned into reported from one of a kind components of the country during protests against the amended citizenship act which changed into exceeded by using Parliament and given assent with the aid of the president ultimate week. The ministry stated the advisory has been despatched to states and UTs in view of incidents of violence and damage to public belongings in a few components of the country.

“It is imperative that all required measures be taken to include violence, make certain safety of life and safety of residents and save you harm of belongings,” the advisory stated. The country governments and UT administrations have been requested to take requisite precautionary measures to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility. “They have also been asked to take action towards movement of fake news and rumours on social media having the potential to incite violence,” it stated.

According to the act, participants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will no longer be treated as unlawful immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The act says the refugees of the six communities can be given Indian citizenship after living in India for five years, as opposed to eleven years earlier.

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