Much like the now iconic Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh women protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Ghanta Ghar, Lucknow is gaining strength and support with every passing day. In fact, it is infectiously spreading to other cities and women are leading the fight against what is widely perceived to be a highly divisive move by the Modi-Shah government at the centre, that is supported by the Yogi-led state of UP.
The protests at Ghanta Ghar, Lucknow started about a week back along the lines of the ongoing and unstoppable protests at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, where continuous sit-ins have been going on for over a month now. At Ghanta Ghar, heritage site and a Lucknow landmark, a few women started staging dharna in the same vein. Ghanta Ghar, in the old city of Lucknow, has now become the main destination for political leaders, social activists and media persons to throng and support the women who are at the forefront of these revolutionary sit-ins.
One can see thousands of women sitting at the peaceful dharna— raising slogans of azaadi and freedom from CAA-NRC—at the Ghanta Ghar, without bothering too much about shelter or protection from the chilly weather of the January winter.