Shaheen Bagh’s Bilkis Bano Stopped From Joining Farmers’ Protest

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Delhi Police detained the 82-year-old Bilkis Bano on December 1, Tuesday once she reached the Sindhu Border in order to join the farmers protesting against recently enacted farm laws.

Known by the moniker ‘Dadi of Shaheen Bagh’, Bilkis had expressed willingness to join the ongoing protests at the Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu. Soon after she reached the border in an extension of her support, she got stopped by the Delhi Police personnel while the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) quoted that the actions were carried out keeping her old age in mind with regards to the ongoing pandemic. Bano, along with two other grandmothers had been catapulted into the limelight last year during the months-long protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). She went on to enter the Time magazine’s list of ‘100 Most Influential Global Personalities’ for the year 2019. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab have been protesting in and around the national capital demanding a repeal of the farm laws passed by the parliament in September. These three agricultural laws – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment Act, 2020. The farmers have been camping at the border putting forth their demand that the laws be taken back by the Centre.

The Centre has invited representatives of farmer groups for the next round of talks today. Initially scheduled for Thursday, the talks had been preponed after the Union agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union home minister Amit Shah met to discuss the issues, twice on Monday.

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