Disturbed by the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the women of Assam will voice their sorrow and anger against the government by taking out a rally from Latasil point in Guwahati on January 19th, 2020.
The rally will start from 11 am and will conclude at Chandmari point. Ever since the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament, women have been at the forefront of anti-CAA protests in the state coming out in big numbers.
From popular film stars, doctors, lawyers, government employees, singers, teachers, homemakers and even senior citizens – women cutting across social backgrounds, profession and age were seen joining the chorus against the new citizenship act and pledging to protect jati, mati and bheti (community, land and base) of the state.
In several protest marches and sit-in across the state, women were seen holding banners, placards and walking up front leading the demonstration against the controversial CAA. The demonstrations organised by the All Assam Students’ Union at Latasil playground saw huge participation of women.
Also, the presence of women, at times with their children, have ensured that the movement against CAA remains non-violent, peaceful and disciplined. The women folk also burnt the copies of the CAA in Bihu bonfire this year.
As per the CAA, the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31st, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
Those who are opposed to the legislation say that the CAA is against the basic tenets of the country’s constitution. As many as 60 petitions have been filed in the top court against the CAA.
Barsha Rani Bishaya, a popular Assamese film star, has also appealed to the women of the state to join the rally on January 19th, 2020.