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THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY STOPS AND RISES and in prayers : To give the great, fearless daughters of India, a resounding standing ovation over and over again.

''Liberty, Freedom, Secular-India or Death!''

THE BRAVE daughters of the sub-continent all, would not normally come out on the streets to protest, but now Muslim women are leading the fight for equality and justice, said Manisha Priyam.

DEFIANT WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN blocking a New Delhi highway for more than four weeks in protest against a bitterly disputed citizenship law have inspired thousands across India to copy their challenge to the Hindu nationalist government.

Supported by volunteers who bring biryani, tea and blankets, groups have started similar protests in about 20 cities across the country of 1.3 billion people to demand the repeal of the law that opponents say is anti-Muslim.

Nearly all pay tribute to the 200 grandmothers and housewives and students who sit and sleep across the main road in the Shaheen Bagh district of Delhi, fighting a law that would give passports to  ''persecuted'' religious minorities from three neighbouring countries but only if they are not Muslims.

Hundreds and thousands of people have taken part in rallies across India since parliament passed the  Citizenship Amendment Act on December 11.

Many of India's 200 million Muslims fear that the government is getting to draw up a national citizenship register that could strip them of their nationality, though New Delhi denies this and calls the law a ''humanitarian'' gesture.

Though at least 27 people have died in a violence around some demonstrations, protesters have taken over parks and streets in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh states as well as two new venues in Delhi.

Srijan Chawla, a student protest leader in Mumbai, said ''Shaheen Bagh has inspired a lot of women in this country to go on to the streets, and protest. Be it Kolkata, be it Delhi be it here in Mumbai.

Hundreds of protesters have spent nearly three weeks on public land in Gaya in Bihar. A huge poster of Gandhi hangs over one entrance.

More than 10 other non-stop protests are taking place in the eastern state, including at Sabzi Bagh  near the capital Parna. ''It is like another Shaheen Bagh,'' said Afzal Imam, a former mayor of Patna.

''We cannot sit silently at home when the government is hell-bent on stealing our citizenship,'' said Shagufta Amin an activist at Sabzi Bagh, where weekend crowds swell to thousands.

The government in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state is fiercely loyal to right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has cracked down on protesters. Many of the 10 people killed there were allegedly hit by police bullets. Some 6,000 people were detained by taking to the streets.

Hundreds of women camped in Varnasi, Modi's constituency, face eviction notices after police filed a case for ''disobedience''.

''This protest is like a mountain, will will not move them from here until our demands are met, Nasreen Zafar, one of the women, told reporters.
In the central city of Indore a protest for by hundreds of people in a central park has also faced police attempts to evict them.
Some opposition-ruled  states have quietly encouraged the protesters though.

In West Bengal, hundreds of supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress part camp out on a road in the capital Kolkata Police protect some 150 women occupying a park.

Political commentator Manisha Priyam said the protests signalled that Indians wanted to defend the  equality and justice enshrined in the constitution, and shattered stereotypes about Muslim women.

''We are for the right to protest but blocking a  road and holding up commuters for over a month is as obvious as the damn condemned law,'' said Delhi resident  Mihir Tripathi.

The World Students Society thanks authors, AFP.

With respectful dedication to the Grandparents, Parents, Daughters, Students, Professors and Teachers of India and then the world.

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