New Delhi: “There is no question of our going back on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad noted on Thursday amid the ongoing violence in the national capital and said that the government will try to convince protestors to comply. Also Read - 200 Units of Free Electricity, No CAA: Here’s What Congress Promises if Voted to Power in Assam

“After all, why shouldn’t the persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan be given citizenship in India?” Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad asked. Also Read - Fact Check: Will Social Media Accounts be Verified Through Phones in 3 Months? Know Truth Here

“There is no question of our going back on the CAA,” the minister asserted while addressing Income Tax Appellate Tribunal’s circuit bench in Dehradun. Also Read - Guidelines Have Been Issued to Curb Misuse of Social Media Platforms, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union Minister said that peaceful coexistence of people of all religions is the central to Indian ethos and added only those who are asleep can be awakened and not those who pretend to be asleep.

Prasad’s comment comes at a time when the death toll due to the unrelenting violence has killed 37 people and injured over 200 others. Earlier today, the Delhi High Court heard the plea demanding action against those involved in the communal violence in Northeast Delhi and ordered Delhi Police to file a response on the same within a month.

Widespread violence has encapsulated the various areas of the national capital that began with a face-off between pro- and anti-CAA groups on Sunday and took a communal turn a day later. It escalated on Tuesday with reports of several journalists being attacked coming in.