NOIDA, March 23 -- Only five women continued to protest at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, the site of nearly 100-day-long sit-in against the Citizenship Amendment Act, on Sunday, and one of them was quick to point out that the decline in numbers was on account of the Delhi government's restrictions on the assembly of more than five people, not a response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a people's curfew to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Symbolically, other protestors left their slippers on wooden beds.

In the densely populated residential lanes of Shaheen Bagh, residents came out to their balconies and rooftops at 5 pm but only a few clapped or rang bells --- suggested by Prime Minister Modi as a way of thanking the medical fraternity's...