Poonch:  At a time when violence and protests are intensifying in the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act, a Pakistan woman has been granted Indian citizenship by the government after 36 years. The citizenship has been granted to Khatija Parveen who was born in Pakistan but migrated to Jammu and Kashmir after her marriage with Muhammad Taj.

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Poonch's deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav said that Khatija has been issued certificate of registration, granting Indian citizenship, under Section 5(1)(c) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 on the basis of her marriage to an Indian citizen. She received the citizenship document from the DC at the latter’s office on December 23.

The couple expressed happiness and thanked the ministry of home affairs for giving its go-ahead to issuing her the document.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.