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‘Can 4-Month-Old Participate In Protest?’ SC Fumes Over Infant’s Death At Shaheen Bagh

The court took cognisance of Infant’s death at Shaheen Bagh following a letter by a Class 7 national award winner to CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde’s office.

New Delhi| The Apex Court has issued notices to the centre and the Delhi government over the death of a four-month-old at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh where the longest protest against the citizenship law CAA has been going on.

“Can a four-month-old child go for the protest?” the Supreme Court asked, coming down strongly on the lawyers who say they are appearing for mothers of children sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh.

A group of women from Shaheen Bagh through lawyer contended before the top court that even Greta Thunberg was a child when she became a protester and they also raised concerns on children from the area being called Pakistani in schools. The Chief Justice queried the counsels, how could a four-month-old go to the protest site, and how could mothers justify this.

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“We have the highest respect for motherhood, highest concern for children and they should not be treated badly,” CJI S A Bobde told lawyers who said they were appearing for mothers of children sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh.

This comes after a 12-year-old Bravery Award winner wrote to the CJI asking to prevent children’s involvement in protests following the death of a four-month-old child, whose mother was a regular at the anti-CAA and NRC demonstration at Shaheen Bagh.

Shaheen Bagh has become a historic epicentre of protests against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens. Hundreds of women have been peacefully protesting there since December 15. The stretch has been closed since December 15 after protestors started the sit-in.

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