Religious persecution and violation of human rights are forcing Hindus in Pakistan to flee to India, a Pakistani migrants association said on Wednesday.
Every month, groups of persecuted Hindus are coming to India in the hope of a better future, but they face a tough time due to the lack of a refugee policy in the country, the Visthapit Sangh said.
There are 17,000 Hindu refugees who have yet to get an Indian citizenship. Five thousand of them live in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) alone.
Many of those who arrived in India as refugees in 1965 have also not received citizenships, convenor of the Sangh, Hindu Singh Sodha, told reporters.
Others are scattered in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore and Pali districts, Sodha said after meeting Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
He said the Centre should amend the Citizenship Act and fix a time limit for granting citizenships.
He also said the government should review the rehabilitation policy prepared in 1978 for those living in camps after leaving Pakistan in 1965 and 1971.
Gehlot agreed to constitute a committee to look into the problems.
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