AGENCIES, New Delhi: As the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in India hit 283, the importance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of citizens’ need to self-isolate and follow a self-imposed ‘Janta Curfew’ looms large.
PM Modi is leaving no stone unturned in spreading awareness about the deadly virus and the precautions that one can implement for safety. “Minute precautions can make monumental impacts and save many lives,” read his tweet.
Minute precautions can make monumental impacts and save many lives.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2020
But the women-led protest movement at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi seems unmoved by his plea to follow the curfew from 7 am – 9 pm on Sunday. They will defy the Prime Minister’s wish and continue to hold the sit-in protest on a section of the road where they have been sitting since mid-December.
However, they were forced to reduce their numbers to 20 and never exceed 50 at one time. This is because the Delhi government imposed a ban on more than 50 people congregating in a specific area at the same time from last Monday onwards to curb the spread of the disease.
PTI reported that a protester Ritu Kushik said that women aged above 70 and children less than 10 years old were not being allowed at the protest site. “On Sunday, we will sit under small tents. Only two women will sit under each tent and maintain a distance of one metre between them,” said a protester, according to the news agency.