KURNOOL – Amid raging protests, sit-in demonstrations and rallies, hundreds of women took out a huge rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool on Monday. In a spirited show, the protesters marched from Osmania College Ground to Collectorate.
Addressing their plea to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagmohan Reddy, they said, “NPR karne ki teri zid ko mitade wo dhool hun main, aakar dekh Jagan sir dukhtar-e-karnool hun mai” (We will thwart your attempt to carry out the NPR exercise, we are the daughters of Kurnool). The march was organised under the banner of the National Women’s Front (NWF).
Addressing the protesters, an NWF leader said, “Allah will rescue us from the tyranny of Modi as He the Almighty had liberated Bani Israel (Jews) from Pharaoh (Ancient Egyptian tyranny ruler). We are not going to back down unless and until this black law (CAA) is repealed.”
Another woman speaker Raseeda, a teacher, read out philosopher and poet Allama Iqbal’s poem, “Mazhab nhi sikhata aapas me bair rakhna, hindi hum watan hai hindustaan hamara (religions do not teach us to have enmity between us, we all are Indians and India is our country).
“Such a huge gathering of women is a big slap to Modi. Dear Modi ji, you used to say Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save daughter, Educate Daughter). Now, daughters have come out, save yourself from daughters. Modi and BJP think that they can subjugate us through CAA and NRC. I want to tell them that those who believe in God do not fear anyone,” said Raseeda amid rousing applause.
The nation has been witnessing massive women rallies, demonstrations and sit-in against the CAA which aims to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants on the basis of religion — and excluding Muslims.