Indian women are demanding that the government implement laws to ensure food security, maternity benefits and a reserved quota of seats in parliament.
Some 3,000 women, mostly from indigenous and impoverished villages, came together with the help of Udayani, a Jesuit-run social action center in Kolkata eastern Indian state, to observe International Women’s Day.
They gathered in Mohapur village demanding the government implement Article 42 of the Indian Constitution that asks the state to make “just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief.”
Besides, they demanded maternity entitlement of at least 6,000 rupees (some US$100) be given to all village women as provisioned under the National Food Security Act.
Udayani director Jesuit Father Irudya Jothi told ucanews.com that the women’s demand will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the form a memorandum soon.
“These demands are applicable to village women across India, and if implemented, it will positively change the face of India,” he said.