The protesters against the Citizenship Amendment Act have by now it clear that they have no intention of withdrawing their protests in light of the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic. Such large public gatherings are the perfect breeding ground for the virus to infect even more people. However, anti-CAA protesters are not concerned yet, despite the fact that an organizer of one such protest has already tested positive for the virus. Consistent with the approach, the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) has invited people to join them in their protests on the 21st of March to mark the completion of a hundred days of their protests.
The JCC has played a pivotal role in organizing these protests. As we had reported earlier, the JCC had campaigned heavily in areas that had witnessed extreme violence during the communal riots in Delhi during US President Donald Trump’s official visit to India. Earlier, they had also released a controversial video alleging brutality by the Delhi Police on the night of 15th of December, when the Police were forced to enter the campus to flush out rioters. JCC is not an official body of the Jamia Milia Islamia University. The protests on the 21st of March are being organized against the CAA, NRC, NPR, and ‘Police Brutality’.
The protests will feature a performance by one Nizamuddin’s Inquilabi Team at 5 p.m. in the evening. The protests will likely see a great crowd and are in direct contravention of the guidelines issued by the government to prevent the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. It is important to note that such protests have regularly attracted performances by artists, often of great prominence. However, with the arrival of the pandemic, ’eminent’ individuals appear to be not taking any chances.
‘Inquilabi Dadis’ of Shaheen Bagh will also deliver a speech on the occasion of the completion of 100 days of the Jamia protests. The ‘dadis’ are extremely vulnerable to the Wuhan Coronavirus and are particularly at risk of succumbing to the disease. However, as recent comments by them have revealed, they appear to believe that their faith in Allah will ensure that they are not infected by the virus.
Earlier, the anti-CAA protesters had declared that they will continue with their protests with certain modifications. Women above the age of 70 years had been barred from participating in the protests. However, it appears that the ‘Dadis’ will mark the Jamia protests with their presence. The protesters believe that the pandemic is not a threat to their health because the Anti-CAA protests are supposedly a ‘call from Allah‘.
Update: The Jamia Millia Islamia protests that have been going on at gate no. 7 of the university are now temporarily suspended.