A student protest in New Delhi turned violent on Thursday after police baton-charged demonstrators who were trying to march towards the President's residence.

Police, some in riot gear, detained several students and activists who had gathered to protest an attack at a Jawahar Lal Nehru University residence hall on Sunday night. Eyewitnesses claimed police had been beating protesters with batons, and accused them of breaking the mobile phones of people filming the violence.

The protests, and subsequent police actions, come after the government brought in a new citizenship law, resulting in demonstrations and violent clashes around the country. The new Citizenship Amendment Act was approved by Parliament on 11 December 2019.

The law allows Hindus, Christians, and other religious minorities who are in India illegally to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted because of their religion in Muslim-majority countries Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The law does not apply to Muslims, prompting accusations of discrimination.

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