Two women were evicted from their rented accommodation in New Delhi for holding a banner against The Citizenship Amendment act, during Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally, in Lajpat Nagar on Sunday. One of the girls claimed that a mob tried to barge inside their residence, as per a report by India Today.

Some takeaways:

  • During Amit Shah’s rally on Sunday, two women held a banner against CAA and NRC. The angry mob harassed and intimidated them by shouting threats.
  • Not anticipating such a strong and violent reaction, they feared for their lives and safety and locked themselves into their home.
  • After seven hours, the door of the stairway was unlocked and they were allowed to leave under the protection of the police.

  • When the landlord was asked why he evicted the two women, he said, “I shouldn’t have made them my tenants in the first place”.

Protest by Two Women

During Amit Shah‘s Lajpat Nagar rally on Sunday, two women, Surya Rajappan and her flatmate held a banner against CAA and NRC. They displayed the banner from their balcony as the rally passed from their lane in Lajpat Nagar. However, the angry mob harassed and intimidated them by shouting threats. Surya in a statement has said, “When we became aware of Shah’s pro-CAA rally, we exercised our constitutional and democratic right to protest. As a common citizen, this was the perfect opportunity for me to register my dissent in front of the Home Minister. I believe that if I had failed to do so, I would have failed my own conscience”, the Indian Express reported.

As per the above report, she further wrote, “members of the rally started getting enraged and visibly agitated, and proceeded to harass and intimidate us by shouting threats and derogatory/misogynistic remarks. A mob of around 150 collected on the street below our apartment. The protest banner was torn and taken away. A group forced their way up the stairs which lead to our residence and threatened to break down the door if we did not let them in. Not anticipating such a strong and violent reaction, we feared for our lives and safety and locked ourselves into our home, while they kept violently banging at our door and shouting until the police intervened.”

Read also: Irom Sharmila Participates In Protest Against Citizenship Act In Bengaluru

” After seven hours, the door of the stairway was unlocked and we were allowed to leave under the protection of the police. We packed our essentials and left.” -Surya Rajappan

The women were reportedly trapped inside their house for 3 to 4 hours. Rajappan stated, “After a long time and multiple interventions by police and our friends, my father was allowed to enter with a police officer. Police recorded our complaint against the criminal behaviour of the mob”. She further added, “After seven hours, the door of the stairway was unlocked and we were allowed to leave under the protection of the police. We packed our essentials and left”.

The landlord told The Indian Express, “They left the day after the anti-CAA banner was raised during Amit Shah’s rally. They left with their parents and I have no clue where they are”. He further said, “It was an inconvenience to everyone”. When the landlord was asked why he evicted the two women, he said, “I shouldn’t have made them my tenants in the first place”.

Read also: Won’t Ask My Daughter To Back Out Of Protests: Aishe Ghosh’s Mother

Image Credit: The Indian Express

Mansi is an Intern at SheThepeople.TV

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