Citizenship Amendment Act (CCA) – should be revoked “immediately and unconditionally”. This is what the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, says to Agenzia Fides. It is in fact a discriminatory law that “involves a systematic erosion of values, principles and rights” which are instead guaranteed to all by the Constitution.
The law, which facilitates the obtaining of Indian citizenship only by non-Muslims from the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, has aroused concern, especially in the Islamic component which represents about 15% of the country’s population.
The Indian Catholic Church has repeatedly expressed its dissent for those government measures that affect the most disadvantaged minorities and social classes. “Christians in India have always been a peace-loving community and deeply committed to the ideals of justice, freedom, equality and fraternity, enshrined in the Constitution,” recalls the Archbishop. “We have always been very proud of the fact that our beloved country is a republic respectful of the ideals of secularism, sovereign, pluralist and democratic”.