New Delhi: In a novel mode of protest, Amina Zakiah, a postgraduate student at Jamia Millia Islamia decided to mix the personal and political by using her wedding as a platform to raise her voice against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
She and her close family held anti-CAA placards at her wedding which was solemnized on Monday. Jamia was one of the universities which initiated protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.
Zakiah who resides in the nearby locality of Abul Fazl Enclave had been attending the protests regularly even two days before her wedding. While her parents are professors at the varsity, her four siblings are the alumni of Jamia.
Hindustan Times quoted Zakiah as saying, “Being a student of Jamia and a concerned citizen of this country, I had to use my wedding as a platform to raise my voice against the National Register of Citizens and discriminatory CAA as it will affect the secular fabric of our country.”
The groom also readily agreed to participate in the protest and he too held placards mentioning “No CAA and No NRC”.
According to Mariyam Zakiah, Amina’s elder sister, the family was involved in wedding preparations when the CAA protests erupted. As the violence broke out during the last leg of preparations, the mood for the wedding changed. They were thinking of how to deal with this and that is when they thought to show their angst this way.