The Supreme Court heard petitions against the anti-CAA protests at the Shaheen Bagh. The apex court on Wednesday said that nor a person or a group of persons can be allowed to block public places or roads to show their dissent.
The move gathered a lot of opposition from the student leaders, activists, and political parties. They called this Supreme Court observation on Shaheen Bagh as a move against democracy. On the other side, resident welfares, and many other citizens are happy at this update.
The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act continued for over 100 days. Among the protestors, a major proportion was of women. They did a peaceful sit-in protest against the act.
Many restrictions were imposed on Kalindi Kunj- Shaheen Bagh stretch and in the Okhla underpass. It was closed on 15 December 2019. Due to this, the commuters had to face a lot of difficulties when the protest was going on. Further, the coronavirus spread cleared up the place in March.
Bilkis Bano, 83-year-old women who led the protests in Shaheen Bagh said that the police were responding to block the roads and not the protesters. It was her reaction to the Supreme court observations.
She said that she along with other protestors sat on the side of the road to make way for the vehicles, ambulance, and the school children. Bano received great recognition when she was included in Time’s 100 most influential people’s list. She added that the road was barricaded by the police and it disrupted the traffic movement.
The authorities responsible are told to allocate a designated place for the protest, ordered the Supreme Court.
The National Secretary and media coordinator of NSUI, Lokesh Chugh said that the Delhi University has a separate wall in the North Campus for the students to protest. It is called the wall of democracy. Students and teachers often protest at this designated area but the varsity never listens to them. He added that the apex court’s motives are aligned in the same direction.
He justifies that the students, any community, or the people have the right to show their dissent by raising their voices. He said that the BJP government is surpassing its right by taking the back of the judiciary. It’s against democracy.
Professor at Miranda House and a member of DUTA, Abha Dev Habib alleged the people do not complain when the roads are blocked for religious processions, marriages, so they should not have any problem with the protest. He said that the move is never intentional. It’s a way to tell the government how they have blocked the lives of the people.
He raised the question that if during the construction of metro and flyovers, the police can divert the traffic than the public movements can be treated in the same way. He calls it a propaganda of the government to defeat the public voices.
The roads which connect Delhi-Noida were impacted the most during the Shaheen Bagh protest. Many school children have to suffer as the commutation was disrupted. The children residing in areas such as Sarita Vihar, New Friends Colony, Ali Gaon, Kalindi Colony, Sukhdev Vihar, and Jasola have to even miss their schools. The Shaheen Bagh protest also hampered the traders and market associations.
Rajkumar Kaushik, President of RWA Madanpur Khadar acknowledged the Supreme Court’s observation positively. RWAs have raised their voice to open up the roads. He said that the students suffered to a large extent as the roads were blocked. He added that the police should abide by the orders and let the people protest.