Supreme Court-appointed mediators Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran are at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh – the epicentre of the agitation against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA — to speak to the women who have been sitting in protest for more than two months. The resulting blockade of an arterial road has been repeatedly flagged by the BJP as a law and order issue.
The mediators have asked the protesting women for a dialogue away from the media. The women, however, want it to take place in presence of the reporters.
“The Supreme Court has upheld your right to protest. We will listen to everyone. We would come up with such a solution that it would become an example for the world,” Sadhana Ramachandran told the protesters.
The two senior advocates were named as mediators by the top court on Monday. They have been tasked with persuading the protesters to continue their agitation in another location, so the road can re-open and commuters do not face problems.
“The right to protest is a fundamental right,” the court said. “But there are lines and boundaries… if everyone starts blocking roads, where will people go?”