Sarita Santoshini is an independent journalist based in India, reporting on human rights, development, and gender issues. She reported from northern Uganda in 2017 as an International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellow in gender rights. She was also the 2016 Bitch Media writing fellow in reproductive rights and justice. Her writing has been published in Al Jazeera English, CityLab, IRIN, News Deeply, and The Caravan, among other publications.
The Citizenship Amendment Act struck a nerve in India, where secular freedoms, pluralistic principles and Indigenous rights enshrined in the constitution have eroded in recent years.
The state of Assam declared Fatima Begum a "foreigner," but she was born there and has numerous official certificates and identification documents to prove it.
Today, the group has 61 members — women who are HIV-positive, widows, single mothers, women who face domestic abuse, former abductees who lost their limbs or still live with bullet wounds and women whose children were abducted during the conflict, with some of them never returning.