When India’s Women Say ‘No,’ It Really Means ‘No’
Sights from a Women-Led Protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh Area to Resist a New Citizenship Law
BY RAVI SAHANI
ndia has witnessed numerous protests against a new law on citizenship for over a fortnight, but no agitation in this ongoing movement has endured as much as the one at Shaheen Bagh in the national capital has. This protest site has been unique, as it is led by women who have raised their voices to say “no” to the law, which discriminates against Muslim refugees.
While some organisers have told media that the protests at the south-east Delhi site, which blocked a key road to Noida, have been called off, people continue to descend here to agitate. Days before the announcement of the withdrawal, thousands of protesters gathered at the site on New Year’s Eve to welcome the new decade and raised slogans against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which allows only non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to apply for citizenship.
However, the protests are not just against the CAA, but also against a proposal to prepare a national register of citizens, which may require all citizens to prove their credentials.
To frame the sights in Shaheen Bagh on the night of December 31, StoriesAsia celebrated the New Year’s Eve with the protesters.
Cover: People from all walks of life gathered to show solidarity for the ongoing protests at Shaheen Bagh.
Left: A young protester stands amongst many others despite the bone-chilling winter cold in Delhi.