Lucknow: The Lucknow Police on Tuesday registered three FIRs against the women protesting against the amended citizenship law at the clock tower in Old Lucknow.
Daughters of noted poet Munawwar Rana — Sumaiya Rana and Fauzia Rana — along with over 100 unidentified women were booked for violating Section 144, instigating people and using assault or criminal force to deter public servant.
The action comes ahead of Union minister Amit Shah’s rally in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the protests against the law also reached other parts of the city and around 15 women sat on a dharna near a ‘Dargah’ in Ujariaon under Gomti Nagar Police station.
However, a police team rushed to the protest venue and asked the women to leave, informing them about Section 144 being imposed in the city.
The protest at Ghanta Ghar, which started on Friday evening, continued on Tuesday morning with the crowd swelling up despite the freezing winter.
The child rights panel is also monitoring the protest amid reports of children being involved in the protest.
Member of the child rights commission, Shuchita Chaturvedi, said: “There were several reports of children being present in the protest and that women were bringing along their kids to the protest. Many reports also suggested that children were made to chant slogans against CAA and NRC, which is a violation of Juvenile Justice Act.”
Heavy police presence, however, was no deterrent to the women carrying the Tricolour at Ghanta Ghar.
The anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests also continued for the eighth day at Mansoor Ali Park in Roshan Bagh area of Prayagraj.
Lashing out at the government, poet Munawwar Rana said the current protests in the country are not just by the Muslim women, but all of those who think wrong is being done by the government are out on the streets in protest.
"On one hand, the government says they care for Muslim women and even term Muslim women as their sisters and on the other hand their blankets are being taken away, toilets are being locked, food packets are being snatched."
His daughter Fauzia, who has been named in the FIR said, “We are doing what is our right. Police can do whatever they want. The court will also do its job. We are not doing anything wrong, protesting is our constitutional right. I think I am right, the police think they are right.”