• Short Summary

    OVER A THOUSAND WOMEN STAGED A DEMONSTRATION IN NEW DELHI ON SUNDAY (20 APRIL).

    THE WOMEN?

  • Description

    OVER A THOUSAND WOMEN STAGED A DEMONSTRATION IN NEW DELHI ON SUNDAY (20 APRIL).

    THE WOMEN WERE MEMBERS OF THE RIGHT-WING JANA SANGH PARTY. THEY MARCHED TO BENGAL HOUSE, THE REGIONAL SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, CARRYING THE SAFFRON COLOURED FLAGS OF HINDUISM AND SHOUTING SLOGANS AGAINST JYOFI BASU, WHO IS THE PRESENT DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER OF BENGAL. MR BASU IS LEADER OF THE PRO-CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY IN THE PROVINCE.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE PROTESTING AGAINST ALLEGED ASSAULTS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN DURING THE RECENT RIOTS IN CALCUTTA. ON THE NIGHT OF THE 6TH OF APRIL, A RIOT TOOK PLACE AT A VARIETY SHOW IN CALCUTTA STADIUM. IT IS CLAIMED THAT WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE MOLESTED BY LAWLESS ELEMENTS WHILE SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY - WERE PRESENT AT THE SHOW. THE WOMEN SAY THAT POLICE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO PREVENT THE INCIDENTS, AND THAT THEY ONLY CAME TO LIGHT WHEN TATTERED SAREES AND BLOUSES WERE FOUND NEAR THE STADIUM.

    QUESTIONS ON THE INCIDENT HAVE BEEN RAISED IN PARLIAMENT, AND THE WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED A HIGH COURT INQUIRY.

    AS THE DEMONSTRATORS, MANY OF THEM CARRYING BABIES, SHOUTED AND WAVED THEIR FISTS OUTSIDE BENGAL HOUSE, MR BASU REFUSED TO COME OUT TO MEET THEM. LATER THEY MOVED TO A CONFERENCE HALL WHERE MR BASU WAS MEETING CHIEF MINISTERS OF OTHER STATES TO DISCUSS INDIA'S FOURTH FIVE YEAR PLAN. BUT AFTER THREE HOURS IN THE HOT SUN, THEY FINALLY DISPERSED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACRM422SU1IAKK27SKTI38MZRN
    Media URN:
    VLVACRM422SU1IAKK27SKTI38MZRN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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