The Supreme Court has appointed two senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sudha Ramachandran as interlocutors to resolve a deadlock created at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. Hundreds of women and children have been sitting over there since December 15th, 2019, resulting into the closure of a main arterial road connecting Delhi to Noida.
The protesters opposed to CAA-NPP-NRC are being persuaded to shift their venue. Because their sit-in has caused hardships to thousands of people travelling daily through the road. Howsoever genuine may be the grievance of a citizen, he or she cannot create hurdle in the exercise of fundamental rights of other people.
It is important to remember that over a hundred petitions have already been filed in the Supreme Court questioning the validity of the changes in the citizenship law. When the top court of the country is already seized up with the matter, the protesters may show some restraint and await the final word on the subject. There is no point in maintaining intransigence in such a scenario.
This, however, does not mean to suggest their right to protest was being taken away. They may find some other neutral place to ventilate their issues.
Public thoroughfares, in any case, must be avoided for any kind of agitation. The top court has already expressed its concern what if some other people decide to emulate the Shaheen Bagh women and go on to block other roads in the country. This would only result in chaos and nothing else.
In a democracy, the scope of meetings, parleys and discussions can never be eschewed to resolve a conflict. In the entire episode, the Union government was found wanting in taking any measure to address the issue.
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