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With a tweak, Shaheen Bagh protest to continue on 'Janta Curfew'

The women said they will tweak their protest to meet the Coronavirus safety guidelines and to remain safe

Friday March 20, 2020 7:54 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Shaheen Bagh Janata Curfew

New Delhi: The women protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh Friday said that their stir will continue on Sunday, the day PM Modi has called for 'Janata Curfew'.

The women however said they will tweak their protest to meet the Coronavirus safety guidelines and to remain safe.

"On Sunday, we will sit under small tents (at the protest side). Only two women will sit under each tent and maintain a distance of more than a metre between them," a protester who did not wish to be named told news agency PTI.

Though Shaheen Bagh women have decided not to participate in Sunday's Janata Curfew but they are sitting at a distance of two metres from each other to prevent infection. They are also being given suggestions to adopt precautionary measures against COVID-19.

"Washing hands regularly is part of our lifestyle. We offer namaz five times a day and we wash our hands every time," a protester, said.

Raziya, a protester and resident of Okhla, while talking to IANS, said: "We will not leave our protest due to fear of infection. But now I don't bring my two kids here. We will remain here till the black Act is ended".

Another women Fauziya, who is constantly coming to Shaheen Bagh since three months, said: "The Prime Minister is talking about Janata Curfew for one day but we are sitting here since three months while leaving all other works. Despite this, no one has come to us."

"Everyone fears about getting sick, we also fear disease, but the detention centre scares us the most", she said.

Known as 'Shaheen Bagh's grandmother' Aasma Khatoon said: "We will not shift from here till the 'black' Act of CAA is revoked. I don't fear whether I get infected with the coronavirus. I would like to die in Shaheen Bagh but won't leave".

Another grandmother of Shaheen Bagh, Bilkis Bano, said: "If the Prime Minister is really concerned about our health then why doesn't he cancel this 'black' Act, then we will also observe Janata Curfew on Sunday".

Noorjahan, a protester, said: "We are 'between the devil and the deep blue sea'. Danger of corona is soaring and on the other hand if the CAA and NRC are not taken back then it would be a deadly situation for us. Hence, we have the only option to struggle. If the government wants us to quit this protest then it should revoke the CAA immediately."

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