Women, LGBTQI members step out against the CAA
Women and members of the LGBTQI+ community participated in the march that was organised by 45 civil society organisations on the occasion of Savitribhai Phule's birth anniversary.
Women and members from the queer and transgender communities took out a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar here against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Friday.
Cries of 'Halla Bol' and 'Azaadi' rent the air as they voiced their dissent against the law.
Mothers with toddlers in their arms also participated in the march that was organised by 45 civil society organisations on the occasion of Savitribhai Phule's birth anniversary.
The presence of women has been instrumental in the nationwide protests against the CAA. We saw instances of women using kolams and rangolis to spread the word of the discriminatory law.
Police have detained 5 of us at the community hall outside J5 Shastri Nagar station for puting Kolam art against CAA pic.twitter.com/shhLDhmYqB— Gayatri Khandhadai (@gayatrikl) December 29, 2019
When they detained women for creating rangolis, women started protesting using mehandi.
Pehle Rangoli ab Mehendi. You try to silence us but we will find a way to make ourselves heard. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/lXO9o8ZoVj— . (@AyeChampa) January 1, 2020
In Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, the 24/7 sit-in, in the bone-chilling cold, spearheaded by women who have blockaded a national highway, is reaching its 20th day.
#WATCH | Scores of women gather everyday around a makeshift tent on the middle of Noida-Kalindi Kunj-Mathura road in Delhi to #ProtestAgainstCAA_NRC.— Asiaville (@AsiavilleNews) December 27, 2019
On crossing the protest stage, hundreds of women stand in burqas shouting slogans of #Azaadi. #CAAProtests #ShaheenBaghProtest pic.twitter.com/UOYPOabFc5
Voices are being raised against the "divisive" agenda of the government, said Uttara, who had come with her four-year-old daughter Ifrit, for the protest.
"I have brought my daughter along so that she knows what we are protesting for. We are protesting here to safeguard the future of our children," she said.
Uttara was among the over 600 people who took to the streets in Lutyens' Delhi on Friday.
"I am here to raise slogans," said eight-year-old Airish, who was accompanied by his mother Ashok Kumari.
Kumari said he has seen all the events unfold on news channels.
"He was curious to know why is it all happening. I brought him to the protest so that he knows that there are also transgenders and queers, and how they need to be respected. I wanted him to learn gender equality," she said.
Shanti Devi, a labourer, who had come from Malviya Nagar, said, "Instead of bringing such laws, the government should focus on tackling issues such as poverty, and ensure people like us are fed properly."
The march culminated at the Jantar Mantar.
The same protest also occured in Chennai today:
Mumbai is also planning something similar for 6 PM today:
On December 26, Bangalore held a women-only protest against the CAA at Town Hall:
Here are some visuals from social media of the march in Delhi: