02 March, 2021

COVIDED! Anti-CAA Protesters Slam Delhi Police For ‘Witch Hunting’

Activists say the state is using the shield offered by the coronavirus pandemic to warn people who dare to speak out

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COVIDED! Anti-CAA Protesters Slam Delhi Police For ‘Witch Hunting’

If there’s one activity unrelated to COVID-19 that has gathered pace in recent weeks, even as others lie in a catatonic stupor, it is the police’s crackdown on organisers of the anti-CAA protests. On April 9, two weeks after the countrywide pandemic induced lockdown, 25-year old Gulfisha was arrested by Delhi Police from Northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on charges of sedition. In the same week, Jamia Millia Islamia University student Safoora Zargar and former municipal councilor Ishrat Jahan were also arrested by the police under various charges.

All three were part of the protests led by Muslim women in Jamia University and Shaheen Bagh against the controversial new Citizenship law—the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), which rocked the country between December 2019 and February 2020. Though the anti-CAA protests were called off in February as the pandemic loomed large, many of the protestors have been arrested across the country for participating or organising...

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