Despite widespread opposition and protests, India’s hugely controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into effect on Friday, said an official notification of the Home Affairs Ministry.

“The Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” said a notification issued by the government.

The notification came amid protests across the country against the act for it discriminating on the basis of religion.

On Dec. 10-12, the act was passed in short order by both houses of parliament and approved by the president.

The act grants citizenship

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