The whole world including India is troubled by the coronavirus epidemic. Around two billion population of the world is currently in lockdown. Given the growing threat of the Coronavirus, the lockdown has been implemented in almost all of India as well. Meanwhile, the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in various parts of the country including Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, which have been going on for months, are also being put to an end.
The strike of women of Shaheen Bagh, which became the centre of discussion all over the world against CAA-NRC, also ended in the morning of 24 March. Despite all the efforts of the police and the government, when the women themselves did not finish the picket, a heavy security force reached Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday morning and removed the tent. In this way, this dharna, which has been going on since 15 December, ended at the moment. The good thing is that the police succeeded in peacefully ending this dharna.
Apart from Delhi, after the police appeals in all other places, the women themselves have ended the picket. However, she has also said that she is doing this due to the coronavirus, her fight against the CAA will continue and once the threat of corona is averted she will pursue her fight again.
Jamiat Ulema-e Hind appealed
Maulana Asad Madani, national president of Jamiat Ulema-e Hind Deoband, had called for an end to anti-CAA sit-down demonstrations due to the coronavirus. He had said that at present, a deadly disease like Coronavirus is spreading inside the country and those who are protesting against CAA-NPR should postpone their protests for the time being and when the conditions of the country recover, they should perform again.
Last week, Delhi Police had urged the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh – mostly women – to call off their agitation. The rebels, who started their sit-in on December 15, did not match to the request. The sit-in would stay, they had said, with “necessary precautions”. The size of the gatherings was reduced after repeated requests by authorities.
The Shaheen Bagh protest had made global headers over the last few periods. The women – also called the Dadis (grandmothers) of Shaheen Bagh – were opposing against the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizen (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), which they call “anti-Muslim”.
Omar Abdullah was freed today after 8 months.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah were released on Tuesday after being under house arrest for eight months. Omar, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained at midnight of August 4, a day before the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Omar’s six-month precautionary detention period was scheduled to end on February 5, but he was taken into custody on the same day under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Omar’s sister Sarah Pilot challenged the brother’s custody under the Public Safety Act 1978 (PSA). The Supreme Court, hearing on March 17, sought response from the administration this week on Sara’s petition. Justice Arun Mishra had told the Jammu and Kashmir administration that if there is a plan to release Omar, do it soon. If you do not release him till next week, we will hear his sister’s petition on merit basis. The court had also asked the lawyer of Jammu and Kashmir administration to get instructions from the central government on this and inform the court.
Farooq Abdullah released on 13 March
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah was released from house arrest on 13 March. He was detained under the Public Safety Act from 15 September last year after being detained in August. Orders to extend his detention period three-three months were issued three times. The previous order was issued only on 11 March. It was withdrawn by the government.
The day after his release, Farooq met his son Umar
Farooq met his son and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah a day after his release. This was the first meeting of father and son in the last seven months. After the release, Farooq expressed his desire to meet Omar. Subsequently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration allowed him to meet Omar in Srinagar’s sub-jail. Both were together for about an hour. Along with Farooq, other members of the Abdullah family also met Omar. Several leaders, including PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, are still under house arrest.