A day of varied demonstrations in the Indian capital of New Delhi. There was angry?
A day of varied demonstrations in the Indian capital of New Delhi. There was angry reaction over the British practice of subjecting some Asian women entering the United Kingdom to virginity tests. And supporters of the former Pakistan President, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, protested against his death sentence.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (8 February), about five hundred women, plus students from Delhi University, held a protest demonstration outside the British High Commission in New Delhi. Their outrage stemmed from a reported virginity test carried out at Heathrow airport on a thirty-five-year-old woman from Delhi.
The British Government stopped such tests, which their Home office said had helped immigration officers to identify young women migrants attempting to enter the country illegally as fiancees. As such, fiancees would be able to enter Britain without an entry certificate. The recent incident led to Indian protest to Britain at government level.
A few of the women tried to get into the heavily-guarded building. Some shouted that they wanted an apology from the High Commission. Others insisted on an apology from British Prime Minister, James Callaghan.
Meanwhile, at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, there was a protest against the death sentence imposed on former President Bhutto who, unless there is a new trial, could be executed on Friday the sixteenth of February. India, which was at war with Pakistan in 1972, haw urged her former enemy to spare Mr. Bhutto.