"But they haven't done anything for us and only want to divert from the main issue, which is CAA," she added. Kaneez Fatima, who claims to be a regular at the site since Day 1, said if the government was so concerned about safety and well being, it should withdraw the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, adding that "we will call off the protest immediately".
Another woman, who wished not to be identified, said their protest would continue even if takes them to sit in groups of 50 people, something the Delhi government directed on Monday.
"There is enough space for people to sit in groups of 50 and another group of 50 would sit at some distance and further on," the woman told PTI. "But even this would be done as last resort to continue the protest." Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
announced that any gathering -- religious, family, social, political or cultural -- of over 50 people would not be allowed in Delhi till March 31 as a precautionary measure to contain the deadly COVID-19. He indicated that the ban on gatherings will also cover protests at Shaheen Bagh and outside the Jamia Millia Islamia.
These places have been witnessing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National
Register of Citizens and National
Population Register since December 15.
Syed Taseer Ahmed, attached with the Shaheen Bagh protest since its start, said the agitation would continue as it is.
"We are not going anywhere. Our protest is in compliance of the Supreme Court guidelines. What the Delhi government is suggesting is not doable," Ahmed said.
"The Supreme Court's decision in this case is expected on March 23, we will go as per the apex court's decision," Ahmed added.