Universities unite - Photographs of Citizenship Amendment Act protests from across the country
At the stroke of midnight, students from across the country came out in support of the students who were detained by the Delhi police following a violent protest.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the subsequent police brutality against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University who were protesting, have sparked off a series of protests across the country. Universities have been the centres for these protests with various colleges from Kozhikode (Kerala) to Kolkata (West Bengal) expressing solidarity with the students.
The CAA was cleared by the President of the country a few days ago which seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian communities from the country's neighbours Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation.
The new act will fast-track Indian citizenship in six years (from 12 years) but interestingly misses out on Muslim communities who are not a minority in these countries. Sadly, many claim the act will further polarise the Indians into Muslims and non-Muslims. The first stages of implementation of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) already showed how the process of sorting people into Indians and non-Indians can be complicated. Protesters across the country believe the newly-amended CAA will further target Muslim communities who are already a minority in India.
With many students from Jamia Millia Islamia reprimanded for their alleged involvement in destruction of public property and inciting violence, students across the country took to the streets on the stroke of midnight in solidarity with their peers in Delhi.
1) Calicut University (Kerala)
Photos - @sharanya, @shukkoor_kaderi (Twitter)
2) Tata Instittue of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Photos - @Ashok_kashmir (Twitter)
3) Jadavpur University (West Bengal)
Credit: @Sajid_M_Karimi, @ShreshtiRawat (Twitter)
4) Banaras Hindu Univeristy
Photo - @WAKhan339 (Twitter)
5) IIT Bombay
Photo - @RohitYa29604842 (Twitter)
6) Delhi University
photo - @RanjanEcIYC (Twitter)
Cover photo - @SalmanSoz (Twitter)