Nationwide protests against CAA-NPR-NRC and Trans Act 2019 commence

The first protest in Mumbai is being held on the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule and more than 100 organizations are leading the cause

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Nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Transgender Persons (Rights) Act 2019 have been planned on January 3, 2020 by the women and queer community of India on the 189th birth anniversary of the 19th century social reformer and educator Savitribai Phule, reported.

Her birth anniversary has been chosen to kick-start the protests for her and her peer Fatima Shaikh’s major role in the upliftment of women and the downtrodden.

More than 100 organizations have joined hands to oppose the CAA-NPR-NRC from January 3 onwards in multiple agitations across the country with the first being planned on Savitribai Phule Jayanti.

Protests by organizations like the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), India Network of Sex Workers, Jamia Queer Collective, Hasratein: A Queer Collective, Mahila Nigrani Parishad – Women’s Federation, Pinjra Tod, National Network of Sex Workers, etc have been planned in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Ranchi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad among many other cities.

Speaking to reporters, Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said that six national-level protests had been planned in January starting with the first on January 3, the next a ‘Bharat Bandh’ planned by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on January 8, the third by Left organizations on Youth Day (January 12) and the fourth, fifth and sixth demonstrations on January 17, 26 and 30 respectively.

Social media has been abuzz with the hashtag #NafratKeKhilaafSavitribai and #Jan3Rally. The venue for the Mumbai rally was earlier Chaityabhoomi at Dadar (West), but has now been shifted to Shivaji Park due to last minute withdrawal of police permissions.


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