As violence between pro- and anti-CAA protesters rages in the national capital, the protest at Washermenpet against the controversial Act entered the 12th day on Tuesday, with hundreds of women staging a sit-in.
Dubbed as Chennai’s Shaheen Bagh, the protests call for the repeal of the CAA and the State government’s stand on the NPR and NRC. The protest also condemns the “police violence” that took place at Washermanpet on February 14, which led to the death of a 70-year-old man, following a stampede.
Despite the over ten-day-long protests, the protesters have not let up. Food and water have been organised for them, and many women explained that they have taken to shifts to ensure that the household chores are attended to.
“What has happened at Delhi is a terrible thing. We have the right to protest as per the law. This is a peaceful, sitting protests as well. We hope that this is taken into consideration by the authorities,” said Fathima Begum, another protester.