In India, the wives of two Cabinet Ministers have led an anti-government demonstration over increased prices for basic foods.
In India, the wives of two Cabinet Ministers have led an anti-government demonstration over increased prices for basic foods. About five hundred women in New Delhi took part in the demonstration on Easter Monday (16 April).
SYNOPSIS: Parliament House in New Delhi was the target for the demonstrators. They carried a petition -- denouncing increased taxes in the recent budget -- and this they handed over to Finance Minister, Mr. Charan Singh. Most of the women came from New Delhi's slum area and local villages where the higher prices are most felt.
Leading the marchers were the wives of the Industries Minister, George Fernandes, and the railways Minister, Madhu Dandavate. Also there were several members of the ruling Janata Party.
The memorandum prepared by the women said they were often unable to feed their children on bread twice a day. Of India's 255 million children under fourteen, more than half are undernourished.