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Twitter bio changes to Muslim identities supporting CAB

The US State Department urged India to "protect the rights of its religious minorities"

Twitter bio changes to Muslim identities supporting CAB

NEW DELHI: “I’m a Muslim. I support #CABBill. This is exactly what the same thing a bunch of Twitter handle tweeted on Saturday.

The message reads: “I’m a Muslim. I support #CABBill. I strongly denounce the protests launched by my muslim brothers across the nation. They either didn’t understand the bill and have been manipulated or they’re knowingly targeting the govt as a political move. But I’m very proud of it. Jai Hind.”

Several non-Muslim Twitter users change their bio to Muslim identities claiming they are ‘supporting the bill’.

According to Alt News, a Twitter user “Khadija” also tweeted the text and expressed her support as a Muslim.

However, in a separate tweet, she had been identified as a very Hindu going by the name Arpita Gouttam.

Protests in India against a new citizenship law that opponents say is anti-Muslim spread to other regions on Friday, a day after two people were shot dead by police in the northeast of the country, the epicenter of days of demonstrations.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) approved, allows for the fast-tracking of applications from religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but not Muslims.

The US State Department on Thursday urged India to “protect the rights of its religious minorities”, according to Bloomberg.

The UN human rights office said it was concerned the law “would appear to undermine the commitment to equality before the law enshrined in India’s constitution”.

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