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Watch: Amid heavy downpour, women against CAA-NRC remain firm in Aligarh

Like in Aligarh, "Shaheen Baghs" have emerged in more than 100 cities and towns of India

Saturday March 7, 2020 5:11 PM, Hena Farhat, ummid.com

Shah Jamal anti CAA Protest

Aligarh: First it was the bone chilling cold and now they are challenged by heavy downpour. But, the tough weather has failed to dilute their firmness and soften their stand against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).

A video shared on social media showed how women, some in their 90s, protesting in Aligarh against CAA-NRC-NPR are braving the tough weather with the same vigour and determination they are challenging with the unabashedly shameless government.

"This is the protest site at Shahjamal in Aligarh after two days of continuous rain. The entire area is waterlogged but these women just refuse to leave. Such resilience, such courage", a Twitter user, Sania Ahmad, wrote on Twitter.

Shah Jamal Eidgah is Shaheen Bagh of Aligarh where women are protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR since January last week. They started their protest in line with fellow citizens protesting since December 15, 2019 at Shaheen Bagh of New Delhi.

Like in Aligarh, "Shaheen Baghs" have emerged in more than 100 cities and towns of India.

During more than a month of their protest at Shah Jamal in Aligarh, the protesters, majority of them women, were abused, baton charged and also face tear-gas shells lobbed by UP Police. Aligarh police had also issued notices to 153 people, including women, to sign a bond with a warning that they may face legal action if any untoward incident occurs outside Shah Jamal Eidgah in the city.

However, the protesters remained firm and refused to give up their peaceful protest.

"We will not move from here till the "black law" is withdrawn", a women protester, in her 90s, is seen saying in the video.

After heavy rains of two days, over a dozen women were down with fever as the police had removed their tent to scare them away.

“When a dust storm broke and was followed by rain, most of the women took shelter in nearby houses but 300 of us decided to stay put. This was necessary because the police believed we would run away if they snatched our tents. We knew we could fall ill,” a woman protesting at the site told local reporters.

“We sent our children home because they had to attend school and stay fit to look after us. Neither a fever nor any other illness will, however, deter us from continuing our protest", she said.

Protest against CAA is raging all over India ever since it became a law on December 12, 2019. Modi government allays all fear relating to the law. However, critics say, combined with NRC, the law will create problems for Muslims, Dalits and other marginalised sections.

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