OCCUPYING PUBLIC PLACES INDEFINITELY FOR PROTESTS NOT ACCEPTABLE: SC ON SHAHEEN BAGH

The indefinite occupation of public places or roads by demonstrators, which can cause inconvenience to people and violate their rights, is not acceptable, the Supreme Court has said.

“Public spaces and places can’t be occupied indefinitely whether in Shaheen Bagh or elsewhere. The administration must keep such spaces free from obstructions. Not wait to fire from court’s shoulder,” the SC said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court made the observations as it heard a batch of pleas against the anti-citizenship law protests in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh earlier this year.

The Supreme Court added that authorities have to act on their own and cannot hide behind courts.

“The Delhi Police ought to have taken action to clear Shaheen Bagh area,” the Supreme Court said on the anti-CAA stir.

On Shaheen Bagh stir, the Supreme Court noted that democracy and dissent go hand in hand.

Shaheen Bagh became the epicentre of the anti-CAA protests as women with young children staged a sit-in there for over three months. The protest was called off in view of the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year.

(As reported by ANI and India Today)

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