Women farmers protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border in Tikri, west of the national capital/SanskritiTalwar

How Women Farmers in Punjab Mobilised Against The Farm Laws

“These capitalists will ruin us,” thundered Charanjeet Kaur, a thirty nine year old farmer with a medium landholding of 12 acres (4 hectares) from Wara Bhaika village in Faridkot district of Punjab. “Instead of bridging the gap between the rich and poor, government is trying to get rid of the poor altogether,” she told BehanBox on a mid December morning at Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border–one of the two sites of the groundswell of protests against the new farm laws legislated by the Government of India.Sat beside her, Manjeet Kaur (40), a small farmer with 2 acres (0.8 hectares) landholding

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Women Resist Against India’s Citizenship Laws

‘Jamia ki ladkiyon ne raasta dikhaya hai, toh Jamia ki ladkiyon ko Inqualab Zindabad’ [ Jamia’s women have shown us the way, so revolutionary greetings to women of Jamia], This prominent protest slogan speaks volumes about the leadership of women- especially Muslim women- in India’s resistance against the discriminatory citizenship measures passed by the government of India- the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR). Since December 15th when anti CAA-NRC resistance began, women have led 426 protests in India.These include :87 Women led protest Marches 119    Women led protest Rallies 229   Women

Mishika Singh started ‘Lawyers for Detainees’, a legal aid group to help with legal support during the NRC-CAA protests. (Photo courtesy:Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

NRC-CAA : More Legal Feet required on the Ground

India is seeing a massive countrywide resistance against discriminatory citizenship measures and women are leading it. Women across states have been resisting on the streets, inside universities and outside of it. This has seen a spate of police brutality and high handedness of the state in many parts as protestors are being detained and even arrested on flimsy grounds.While India resists on the streets, the legal fraternity has stepped up in joining the resistance with crucial legal support on the ground for detainees as well as spreading legal awareness. Women lawyers across states have been playing an important role in

Debsmita Chaudhury (24), is a gold medallist in Political Science and International relations from Jadavpur University. She expressed her dissent during the convocation ceremony by tearing a copy of the Citizenship Amendment Act. (Photo Courtesy: Debsmita Chaudhury)

Why are Politically Inactive Students Like Me On The Streets?

Debsmita Chaudhury (24) has no regrets. On the contrary, she is quite proud of herself for using the most important platform of her life to stage dissent. The Jadavpur University gold medallist in Political Science and International Relations used the convocation ceremony on 24th December 2019 to protest against the newly legislated discriminatory and exclusionary Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In an act that both surprised her family and professors, Debsmita walked up to the stage and tore apart the copy of the CAA. She then chanted “Inquilab Zindabad” (Long Live Revolution), bowed to the audience and then went on to accept

Tazeen Junaid (18), a second year English Literature student at Aligarh Muslim University. She, along with other women students have kept the anti- NRC resistance alive in AMU after it was shut down following police brutality on the students. (Photo courtesy: Tazeen Junaid)

“Women Of AMU Will Keep The Resistance Alive” Tazeen Junaid

Tazeen Junaid (18) believes she has a duty to keep the resistance against the discriminatory and exclusionary citizenship laws alive in Aligarh Muslim University. On 15th December 2019, the Central Reserve Police Force entered AMU and cracked down on the students who were protesting against the police brutality against the students of Jamia Milia Islamia in India’s capital New Delhi. Following this, the university administration asked the resident students to vacate their hostels and the campus was closed.In the aftermath of the police excesses, Tazeen and other non-resident women students gather  every morning at 10 AM at Bab-e-Syed- the imposing main

Saima Khan(33) a resident of Jasola at the anti CAA and NRC resistance in Shaheen Bagh. Protestors at Shaheen Bagh, led by women, have been offering a peaceful resistance against India’s discriminatory citizenship laws for the past 19 days.

Women of Shaheen Bagh Are Fighting For The Soul of this Country

Saima Khan (33) is heartbroken and angry. “ I cannot explain in words my pain when I am asked as a Muslim to prove my citizenship in my own country”, she told BehanBox.Saima is a resident of Jasola Vihar near Shaheen Bagh,a neighbourhood in the southern part of  India’s capital New Delhi. Shaheen Bagh is the site of a mass sit-in resistance, primarily led by Muslim women of the area to protest against India’s new citizenship laws.The Government of India has legislated the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 which gives citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries excluding Muslims. Additionally, it has