SRINAGAR: Dozens of their Anganwari workers on Thursday came to support their colleagues who are on a hunger strike in press enclave in Lal Chowk, pressing for humane wages and regularisation.
Several of the workers were detained by police on Wednesday. Enraged, more workers were willing to join the hunger strike after the detainees were released early morning on Thursday. The association leaders, however, impressed upon the agitating members that their issues were being well represented.
The protesting members raised slogans seeking government should fulfil their demands. Earlier this week, two of the members of the association attempted self immolation pressing against government’s “unwillingness” to resolve the issue.
The State Anganwari Workers Association President, Tasleem Subhan, said that it was “a shame” that concerned minister and the Chief Minister, both women, didn’t care that women protesters were “harassed” by police.
“Isn’t it a shame for Mehbooba Mufti that women were spending nights under open sky with stray dogs? Our clothes were torn, hair pulled and headscarves were snatched by police. I want to ask Mehbooba Mufti if this is the way one deals with women?” she said.
Subhan said that they were called by the commissioner Social Works for a meeting on Tuesday where he claimed that “Jammu and Kashmir is a poor state and our demands cannot be met”.
“We asked him if GoI can do justice with anganwari workers in Delhi and other states, then why no justice for us?” she said. “He had no answer.”
She said that the hunger strike will continue until the demands were met. “We are ready to sacrifice our live for our cause. Everyone has exploited us by making us work from pulse-polio-day to election duties. We want government to stop our exploitation by paying us deserving, humane salary.”