Ahead of Women's Day, hundreds participate in anti-CAA march
On the eve of International Women's Day, observed on March 8, women from various organisations, including tribal and dalit outfits, marched from Five Gardens in Matunga to Chaityabhoomi in Dadar, Mumbai.
Hundreds of women from different organisations in Maharashtra participated in a march against the CAA, NRC and NPR at Matunga in central Mumbai on Saturday. On the eve of International Women's Day, observed on March 8, women from various organisations, including tribal and dalit outfits, marched from Five Gardens in Matunga to Chaityabhoomi in Dadar.
Earlier, the Mumbai police had denied permission for the march and had even circulated a message on WhatsApp warning people of strict action if they conducted or participated in the rally. However, even as the message was widely circulated on social media, hundreds of women gathered at Five Gardens, following which the police allowed them to march.
Women marched holding placards and banners with messages against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) and shouted slogans. A heavy deployment police was seen on the route of the march to avert untoward incidents.
This comes as women protesting against the CAA and NRC at "Mumbai Bagh" in Nagpada area of south Mumbai accused the police of manhandling them on Friday. The protesters claimed that the police had objected to a temporary shade put up by them at the protest site.
The police, however, denied the allegation. Hundreds of women have been sitting in protest at Morland road in Nagpada since January 26 against the CAA and NRC.
The incident took place in the early hours of Friday when some protesters put up a tarpaulin shade to protect themselves from the sun, a protester said, PTI reported. The police personnel, who were deployed at the site, took objection and tried removing the shade, following which a heated argument ensued and some protesters were manhandled, the demonstrator alleged.
But the police officials denied the allegation, saying they had examined the video footages from the site and the incident has not been confirmed as yet.