More than 300,000 women take to the streets against CAA and NRC in Malegaon
Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar also joined the rally
With the fervor against the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) growing, the women of Malegaon, Mumbai, have also taken to the streets to protest the religiously discriminatory law.
Last week, on Monday, January 6, 2020, reportedly 300,000 burqa-clad women thronged the streets protesting peacefully against the CAA and NRC holding the tricolor and some holding black flags to express their displeasure with the proto-fascist regime and its policies.
Taking inspiration from their friends at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the women of Malegaon raised slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ and ‘RSS se azaadi’ while holding posters of ‘No CAA and NRC’. They also recited Faiz’s poem Hum Dekhenge which has now become the rallying cry resounding throughout India to challenge the government about its divisive policies.
The rally, organized by Dastoor Bachao Samiti (Save Constitution Committee) in Malegaon saw a massive number of women march from Jamea-Tus-Swalehat Chowk to Shahidon ki Yaadgaar Chowk.
The convener of the organising committee and Janata Dal (Secular) corporator Shan-e-Hind, called for a “non-cooperation movement” to protest CAA and NRC on Republic Day. Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar also joined the rally, reported Maktoob Media. At the rally she asked, “The Mughals rued over India for 800 years but never divided people on religious lines. That is why they could rule for so long. They did not change names of cities. So what gives the BJP government the right to change the names of cities and roads? And why is it only changing those which were named after Muslims?”