“We went to Jafrabad, Maujpr area today and spoke to the women over there. However, after talking to the police, we got to know that staying there for long could be risky as after the Friday prayers today, the situation could be risky., NCW member.
One of the protestors told SheThePeople, “Yes, the police opened the barricade but they had to put it back up because there was resistance from a certain group.”
“Right to protest is a fundamental right. What is the alternative area they can continue the protests without blocking the road?” the Supreme Court said.
Shaheen Bagh protestors have shown the rest of the country how to protest peacefully, and be heard.
According to the Allahabad High Court, discontinuation of access to internet is a ” violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India.” Article 21 guarantees the right to live.
“I am very worried. I wanted to come so people know that people my age are also joining the movement. Our country can only run on a secular fabric and not when one community fights with the other.”
The demonstration at Jantar Mantar also saw speeches from human rights lawyer, Vrinda Grower, acclaimed feminist activist Kamla Bhasin, student leader Kawalpreet Kaur, a theatrical performance by Maya Krishna Rao etc. as the eclectic crowd cheered them on.
Not being political, while being a privilege, also hints at a dilemma that a lot of people face today- the fear of intense backlash, especially on social media.
“There is nothing to be afraid of. The way they acted today, They just wanted to make a spectacle so people get scared. They want to create a sense of panic among people to quell protests completely.”
“It was a student-led protest but a lot of people from all age groups joined the protest and so there weren’t just young women but also older women who joined in forming the human chain.
Somewhere as we lose ourselves to adulting, this activism takes back seat. But we must keep the activist in us alive, at all costs.
“Every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonize in order to thrive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife.”