As per reports published in Middle East Monitor news website, Saudi Arabia has deported a number of non-resident Indians (NRI) living in the Gulf state for protesting against the NRC and CAA Bills introduced by the Indian Government of NDA led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Inspired by Shaheen Bagh Protests in India last year, where a group of mainly Muslim women organized a sit-in to demonstrate against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a number of Indians living in Jeddah are said to have shown their solidarity by holding placards against the proposed registration bill.
Indian Govt blamed China and Pakistan to spread misinformation through fake social media accounts and provoke Muslims to create and spread fear against the bill.
The protest landed the NRIs in trouble. It’s reported that they were arrested for violating rules that prohibit any kind of assembly and protest and repatriated back to India.
Gulf countries have zero tolerance towards any kind of protest, demonstration, or gatherings. But the protesters, some of whom were young, are said to have been unaware of this basic rule. Many also got into trouble for posting support on social media.
When the Modi government introduced the NRC and CAA it sparked outrage. Many say the move was an attempt by the nationalist government to change the face of India.
BJP and NDA leaders are saying this bill is not against Muslims of any country, but actually helps oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries. Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are being persecuted in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Pakistan where kidnapping minor girls and raping them is a norm, even local police doesn’t help them. If any pressure comes on kidnappers, they forcefully convert these minor girls and with help of local imams perform forceful Nikah. Local courts have always sided with oppressors and never gave any support to minorities. Pakistan Govt has done some lip-service, but results are never seen anywhere.
Similarly, Taliban is also executing Sikh families in all over Afghanistan and most of the people are either killed or ran away to India as refugees.
In October 2019, Saudi Arabia and India extended their partnership especially on security matters after a new Strategic Partnership Council was agreed during a visit by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to New Delhi.