• Akhila Easwaran

Women and children in anti CAA protest

Citizenship Amendment Act :

When the Indian government announced Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019, Protests were held all over India by various people who were not included in the bill.

The act says"Any person belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before 31st day of December 2014 shall not be treated as an illegal migrant for the purpose of this Act;".

According to the 2011 Religion census, the population of Muslims is estimated to 17.22 Crores which is 14.23% of the whole Indian population with two majority states, Islam holds second place in India. But the CAA bill doesn't include Muslims in it and also the other minor communities like Srilankan Tamils. People started protesting in the capital city - New Delhi. Then, the protest had spread all over India like a wildfire.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu :

As Tamil Nadu is fairly known for Hindu-Muslim unity, many political parties, social organizations, common people, college students actively participated in the protests demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. India has been known for its rich culture and rewinding back, We have all rulers from various countries and known for many dynasties. Our monuments, architecture, art, beliefs were derived from various sources which makes the rich heritage in India. Ignoring this, has become new normal now.

"I see the contribution of women in this protest as historical and so important to be documented. Even though Muslim women have played a huge role in the Jallikattu protest, Anti CAA protest was lead by women alone in most places. And more importantly, they are protesting for their right. Students, Journalists, Advocates have contributed their part in this protest."

Arrest :

When protesters initiated a rally towards the Governor's Raj bavan, Suddenly they did

road-roko and insisted central government to withdraw the bill. Police entered and arrested around 200 protestors and took them in three buses. Those who resisted were dragged and put into buses.

Revolution begins from Mother's shoulder :

State Photojournalists Association of Andhra Pradesh | Homai Vyarwalla Memorial Award

"As a woman I am happy to receive this award, that was created in the name of a woman. This, I feel , stands as a witness of women empowerment. I will continue to contribute my part by documenting the VOICES" 
                                    - AKHILA EASWARAN

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