Pune: Protests Against CAA-NRC Continue at ‘Shaheen Bagh Kondhwa’

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The “Shaheen Bagh Kondhwa” protest organised by Kul Jamat-e-Tanzeem is an all-women sit-in has been ongoing for one month against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise. On Sunday, the site witnessed active participation by 150 protestors as well as performances of poets Hussain Haidry and Iqra Khan condemning the governments’ apathy towards protestors. 

A protestor who had joined on the first day, Seemin Ahmed, said, “We will keep protesting until the Act is revoked. Our efforts together will only keep this fight going. This Act exploits Article 14 which is our right to equality.” She further added that the constitution under Article 15 prohibits discrimination based on caste, class, religion, gender or place of birth, while Article 21 granted all persons the right to life. 

The protestors have condemned the new law because it violates the right to equality enshrined in the constitution by discriminating against Muslims and other minority communities. 

Ahmed commented on the importance of access to information and awareness and said, “We try to tell each and every citizen by having corner meetings. But we cannot cover the entire area. It is in such spaces where we can talk one-to-one to women, tell them about the Act and how it will affect them.” 

The women protestors have said they are committed to the cause and will continue to fight until the act is revoked by holding Iftar and cultural programmes to educate and spread awareness about their goal. 

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