Author:- Ruchika Khokhar
Firstly, let us know about what this Shaheen Bagh Protest was? Shaheen Bagh is a locality in South East Delhi, and this protest was led by women of Shaheen Bagh which became the epicentre of anti-protests across the nation against the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Act. It started on December 14, 2019, and ended on March 24, 2020, after a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 was imposed. The protesters blocked a stretch of the road for several months which started causing disquiet among commuters.
The Supreme Court of India said, right to peaceful protest is a constitutional right, and it has to be respected. But that does not mean agitating people should adopt means and modes of protest that was used against colonial rulers during the struggle for interdependence. Because of this, petitions were documented to eliminate the bar by protestors and open up the street. As the dissent was pulled back after the lockdown was forced, the case relating to Shaheen Bagh has gotten superfluous; however, the apex court conveyed a decision on fights of comparable greatness. (Rancher Protest progressing) these protests are basic in India so’s the reason this decision has a significance as though in future this sort of circumstance emerge then the government needs to follow this decision as a rule.
So, the question before the SC bench was Can a public road be blocked for a long time? And when and where can protests be held?
By considering these two inquiries, SC has remarked in his judgment different focuses these are: Public spaces and places can’t be involved inconclusively whether in Shaheen Bagh or somewhere else. The organization must keep such spaces liberated from impediment and not hold back to fire from court’s shoulder. Dissent ought to be assigned spots. Specialists should eliminate protests which are not being organized at designated places Contradiction and Democracy go connected at the hip; however, fights must be done in the assigned region. No individual or gathering of people can impede public spots or carriage approaches to show or express dispute.
Right to Protest was a fundamental right, albeit with reasonable restrictions.
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