BH CORRESPONDENT, Delhi: Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, which has become the epicenter for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), seems to be always on the boil. Now, Section 144 of CrPc has been imposed in that area, which prevents people to gather in considerable numbers.
This comes after Hindu Sena, a right-wing group had called for a rally to clear the Shaheen Bagh road and disperse protesters on March 1. Even though they called off the rally on Saturday, the Delhi police beefed up security measures.
The protesters at Shaheen Bagh, led by women, have been holding a sit-in protest since December 15, 2019. This group of protesters believe CAA is divisive and discriminatory as it makes religion a prerequisite for determining citizenship. Furthermore, they believe that CAA is discriminatory against Muslims in particular as it will allow people from neighbouring countries to come and settle in India, barring people following the faith of Islam.
The Shaheen Bagh sit-in, however, is causing civic problems in the area. Shut shops are running losses and most importantly, due to a part of the road being blocked, it is causing snarling traffic jams during rush hour, forcing some commuters to take a long detour.