Shaheen Bagh Protest has inspired women in other cities of India, where they are gathering in huge numbers to protest against the CAA and NRC.
The protests like Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) & the National Register of Citizenship are taking place in newer cities and towns causing panic for the government. Shaheen Bagh protest is now crossed one month time and is supposedly the longest-running one with the Jamia & JNU protests.
The protest led by women at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim neighborhood near Jamia Millia Islamia, is now running for more than a month. It has inspired a series of protests and sit-ins — from Allahabad to Calcutta to Pune to Bhopal — Shaheen Bagh has inspired all.
Women leading the protests accompanied by men across the nation have now occupied parks, public grounds and roads to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). “If sisters are sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh, why can’t Roshan Bagh’s sisters do the same” Sarah Ahmed told. Ahmed is participating in the Roshan Bagh protest since it began four days ago in Allahabad.
In Calcutta, different women-led anti-CAA protests are being organized from January 7 in various areas. Hundreds of women and children, holding placards, slogans have gathered outside a local mosque in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Park Circus.
“Who are these women? They are those who live in slums, and affluent localities; many are students – but all have gathered here to protest, to break taboos and inspire others,” a protestor said.
Shaheen Bagh has inspired demonstrations in Bihar as well. Patna’s Sabzibagh, Gaya’s Shanti Bagh, and in towns of Kishanganj, Bahadurganj and Gopalganj, the women are leading the sit-ins against CAA. On Tuesday, CPI leader and former JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar visited protesters at Sabzibagh, who have been continuing the demonstrations despite the bitter cold to register their stand against the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“Shaheen Bagh has become the face of ongoing protests and galvanized people. In solidarity, we’ve started protests in Kishanganj as well so that it continues to inspire people,” an advocate who is also a protestor at Kishanganj said.
Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan, Pune’s Kondhwa, Jaipur’s Albert Hall, Raipur’s Jaistambh Chowk, and Delhi’s Khureji have also seen protestors gathering and shouting slogans of Azadi and Inquilab Zindabad.
Protestors stressed over the fact that even though the protests, like Shaheen Bagh, are led by Muslim women, citizens from other communities have enthusiastically participated and registered their support.
While the protestors have not been disturbed by the police on larger scale, incidents of police trying to disperse protestors in UP’s Lucknow and Khureji have taken place. The protestors are undeterred by the actions.