21, Jan 2020 | Jaideep Deogharia
The protesters under the banner of ‘We the people of India’ started their sit-in around 2pm. Zennat, one of protesters coming from Kadru region, said, “We know it is going to be a long dharna because the government has not even found it important to get in touch with hundreds of women sitting at Shaheen Bagh for more than a month, but that is not going to weaken our resolve.” She added that she has brought warm clothes to the venue.
Arrangements for tents, blankets and mattresses have been made by the locals. Sagufta Parveen, a teacher, welcome the gathering and expressed gratitude to people across communities coming there to sit for the dharna amid wintry nights. She said, “Those who wanted to go to Pakistan and Bangladesh have already gone. We chose India as our country and we all are Hindustanis. It is our birthright to stay in this nation without any discrimination, but our mother and sisters have been forced to come to the streets to demand our legitimate rights.”
One of the facilitators for the sit-in, Tanveer Ahmed, said CAA and the proposed National Register of Citizens are against the very basic concept of the Constitution — secularism. He said, “It is not a fight by any particular community, but the Act helped us realise the closeness among different communities that exist in the country.”
He further said the local youth are now preparing to make extra arrangements for the agitators at the nearby Idgaah maidan as protesters are poouing in. “We are getting calls supporting our demonstration from different districts and several women are ready to come and join the sit-in. Hence, we have to make additional arrangements,” Ahmed said, adding that expenses made for the event are contributed voluntarily.