Shaheen Bagh’s 24/7 sit-in protest against CAA.
It all started with 15 women and a few men on the night of December 15 at this Shaheen Bagh Delhi locality against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
Shaheen Bagh has become a symbol of the protest movement. Other parts of the country where a protest against CAA-NRC-NPR is ongoing, are replicating their protest site as Shaheen Bagh.
It has now become the longest ongoing continuous protest against CAA-NRC-NPR and a sensation around the country.
Women leading Shaheen Bagh Protest.
Due to the presence of a large number of women protesters of various age groups, Shaheen Bagh has come into the limelight. The protest is led by Muslim women and they are receiving the support of women from other communities as well.
The women protesters at Shaheen Bagh have also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come over for ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ to discuss on CAA-NRC-NPR. They have placards with messages asking PM Modi to provide some clarity on the issue.
“We may die, but we’ll continue to stand firm. It’s the women who are at the receiving end. Let some senior representative of the government come here and listen to the issues bothering us. The protest will not end unless the government gives us in writing about CAA impact. That there will be no harm to us after the CAA-NPR-NRC process,” one of the women protesters says.
The protesters at Shaheen Bagh have blocked a major highway in New Delhi using non-violent resistance for 39 days now as of January 22, 2020.
As a result, traffic coming from Apollo Hospital towards Noida, from Faridabad towards Noida and from Noida towards Sarita Vihar has to face diversions. The commuters have to face heavy jams during peak hours and slow vehicular movement.
Many local residents and commuters have complained about being tired of the traffic situation. Children who have to take Shaheen Bagh route for school are compelled to leave home two hours prior to the school timing.
The High Court has directed the officials to look into the traffic situation keeping in mind that law and order are maintained. The officers say that it is very difficult to remove the protesters as they can not use any kind of force for this purpose. It will affect the law and order.
One of the officials says that these protesters do not have any leader or key influencer to whom they can plead to stop the protest.
NCPCR flags Shaheen Bagh Protest.
The National Commission for Protection of Children Rights have expressed concern over children participating in the Shaheen Bagh protest.
They have written a letter to the District Magistrate of South-East Delhi. The letter says that the children “may suffer from mental trauma” as a result of rumours and misunderstanding.
The children’s rights body has urged the authorities to arrange a counselling session for children as well as their parents. And also to submit a report within 10 days.
The Shaheen Bagh movement has inspired demonstrations in about 20 cities across India that have been opposing the citizenship law.