Women have been at the forefront of protests in India against a new law, with some women literally sitting on the streets day in and day out for more than a month.
The protests in India are against the Citizenship Amendment Act, a law that makes it easier for some religious minorities to obtain citizenship, but not for Muslims. Critics say the law violates the secular principles of India’s Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the new law “does not affect any citizen of India of any religion,” but many people disagree, and Krishna Menon, dean of the school of human studies at Ambedkar University in Delhi and an editor at the International Feminist Journal of Politics, says the public demonstrations have launched a new role for women.
In protests in December, two young women who bodily shielded their male friend from attacks by the police at New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University became icons of the protests.
Source: Women Take Prominent Role in India’s Nationwide Protests | Best Countries | US News