Assam: Women shaved their heads as a protest against State BJP Government’s failures

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“Our Chief Minister is only busy in pleasing the high command in Delhi and has no time for the issues that affect the people at the grass root level. We hope that our protest at least pricks the conscience of the government,” said one of the protesting women.

Guwahati: At least 100 women took part in the event from the newly formed women’s organisation ‘ SNS’ but only three women decided to shave their heads. The women wants to send a powerful message against the BJP government without saying a word.

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At a protest event in Guwahati, three of the women shaved off their long hair on the spot, to the shock of hundreds on the street. In the northeastern state, a woman’s hair is her pride and revered.

“By shaving our heads, we wanted to signify that the government is dead here and we are guardian-less,” said Moushumi, one of the women, later.

The women, all members of the Swadhin Nari Sakti, targeted the ruling BJP of the state for “going against its promises, three of the protesting women shaved off their heads”.

The women complained that during the polls last year, which brought the BJP to power for the first time in a northeastern state, the party had promised to protect the interests, land and rights of the indigenous communities of Assam.

The women activists group also accused Sarbananada Sonowal led BJP government for failing the people of the state during floods. They also asserted that they’ll do everything to protect the interest of the indigenous people of the state and said it would not bow down before any political forces.

The protestors said that they had tried conventional ways of protest but they had failed to draw the attention of the Sarbananda Sonowal government.

The women protesters added that it was a “mistake” to vote for the BJP as the saffron party took several steps that went against the “indigenous” people of the state.

The BJP government, they alleged, splurged on festivals and jobs to outsiders, instead of giving them to the local people.

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“Our Chief Minister is only busy in pleasing the high command in Delhi and has no time for the issues that affect the people at the grass root level. We hope that our protest at least pricks the conscience of the government,” said one of the protesting women.

The protest led by Assam women reminded people of the Northeast region of the one in Manipur on July 15, 2004, when 12 elderly women staged a nude protest outside the Kangla Fort in Imphal, then occupied by the Assam Rifles, holding placards that read “Indian Army Rape Us”.

With PTI inputs

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