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Women staged a protest at Lucknow’s Ghanta Ghar (Photo/ANI)

On Friday, a crowd of women with their children sat on a protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Ghantaghar in Lucknow.

In solidarity with the protesting women of Shaheen Bagh, the women had gathered at the Ghantaghar area of Old Lucknow.

Women in Lucknow are protesting and singing the National Anthem, holding the tricolour flags in their hands. The number of women joining the agitation is continuously increasing.

Congress leader Sadaf Jafar, who was jailed during the citizenship law protests in Uttar Pradesh, also reached the protest venue in Lucknow to extend her support to the protesters.

“We don’t want a law that discriminates on the basis of religion. We have come to protest along with our children in such extreme weather because we want to make it clear to the government that now they can’t divide us on religious lines,” said one of the protestors at Ghantaghar.

The district administration had also filed an FIR against some of the protesters in a bid to remove them from the area. However, the protesters continued to occupy the space.

To spread the message of brotherhood and patriotism, the protestors, mostly Muslim women had decked the venue with a collage of Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaq Ullah Khan, who have sacrificed their lives for the Indian independence movement, along with the Indian tricolour flag.

Protests broke out in different parts of the country against and in support of CAA which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

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