The ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) across the country will definitely go down as one of the most iconic revolutions in Indian history. It has been over two months that the protestors in Shaheen Bagh have been chanting the slogans of azadi (freedom), ekta (unity) and inquilab (revolution). Amidst all this, some couples adopted an innovative form of raising their voice against the CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) by making it a part of their D-day.
While a couple expressed their disagreement with the CAA by posing with placards in their pre-wedding shoot, others did the same on their wedding day and used social media to spread awareness. In another such inspiring incident, a young couple from Chennai got married at the protest site on Sunday, February 16.
Drawing inspiration from Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, hundreds have been protesting at Chennai’s Washermanpet for four consecutive days. Shaheen Shah and Sumiah were actively participating in the protests and decided to get married at the protest site itself.
Shaheen and Sumiah were already engaged and were a bit hesitant about their scheduled wedding date as protests intensified in the area. However, their friends and family convinced the couple to get married on the date they had decided.
Hundreds of people began protesting at Washermanpet in North Chennai in a peaceful manner, but it turned violent within a few hours after police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse anti-CAA protesters.
The 22-year-old groom Shaheen was seen dressed in a maroon velvet coat, holding the preamble to the Consitution along with other protesters. His 20-year-old bride, on the other hand, wore a red saree and joined the protest a bit later with a placard that read, ‘No CAA, NPR, NRC’.
The Imam (priest) introduced Shaheen and Sumiah to the crowd and got signatures from the couple and witnesses around. Speaking at the protest, Shaheen said that while he kabools the wedding, he is absolutely against the CAA. He added that only a hundred people would have attended his wedding if it was held in a marriage hall, but now the entire world is watching and he is proud of it. Shaheen demanded that the CAA should be revoked as it would affect everyone and not just Muslims.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, last week, offered to talk to the protesters sitting-in at Shaheen Bagh to discuss issues related to the CAA. The talk offer saw a lot of protesters marching towards his residence but they were stopped by the police before they could reach, citing security reasons. As of now, the protesters are in a huddle to decide who should make it to the delegation meeting with the Union Home Minister.
The Anti-CAA protests have swept the entire country and only time will tell whether the talks with the government result positively. Till then, more power to the people standing up for their rights!
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