India National Population Register: Database agreed amid protests

New Delhi (HRNW) The Indian cabinet has approved a new population register despite weeks of protests over a citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim. Authorities say the National Population Register (NPR) will create a list of all the people living in the country and help in formulation of policies. However, critics say it will be a list from which “doubtful citizens” will be asked to prove they are Indian. According to BBC news more than 20 people have died in protests over the citizenship law. Authorities say the aim of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database of every “usual resident” of the country and it’s linked to the census.

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