Women of Shaheen Bagh file defamation suit against BJP IT cell head Malviya

Delhi LG meets protesters, asks them to call off stir

Women of Shaheen Bagh file defamation suit against BJP IT cell head Malviya

Demonstrators attend a protest against a new citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi. Reuters

New Delhi, January 21

The women of Shaheen Bagh have filed a Rs one crore civil defamation suit against BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya accusing him of spreading canards against them and spreading misinformation.

Two women Nafisa Bano and Shahzad Fatma have filed the suit which read, “A video posted and endorsed by you on social media site Twitter, which has been played across several media platforms, had alleged that the protesters are taking Rs 500-700 in order to be a part of the protests.”

“Such statements are not only false but also have an effect of defaming the protesters in the national and international community,” it further said.

Delhi LG meets protesters, asks them to call off stir  

Meanwhile, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday met a delegation of protesters from Shaheen Bagh and appealed to them to call off their agitation as it has been causing inconvenience to schoolchildren, patients and general public.

The eight-member delegation submitted a memorandum of their demands, including withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, to the LG, an official said.

Thousands of people, including women and children, have been protesting for over a month at Shaheen Bagh and nearby Jamia Millia Islamia against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“Met the delegation of protestors from Shaheen Bagh. Assured them to convey their concerns to appropriate authorities. Appealed to call off their agitation in view of continued inconvenience to school children, patients, daily commuters, local residents, etc due to blockade of road,” Baijal tweeted.

In another tweet, the LG said, “I once again request all to maintain peace and order.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh Srivastava and DCP (South-east) Chimnoy Biswal were present in the meeting.

According to the LG office, the delegation assured Baijal that they would convey his message to other protesters at Shaheen Bagh.

“The LG also directed the police officers concerned to take all steps as per law to ensure peace and harmony in the area,” officials said.

NCPCR asks authorities to arrange counselling for children seen in protests

Earlier in the day, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked authorities to identify and arrange counselling for children seen at protests against the CAA at Shaheen Bagh.

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 to escape religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

It does not include Muslims.

Those opposing the CAA have contended that it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the Constitution. They also allege that the CAA along with the NRC is intended to target the Muslim community in India. —Agencies

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