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Gujarat's protesting women scavenging workers refuse to relent, three rushed to hospital as they fall ill

By Our Representative
Three of the 71 manual scavenger women from Wadhwan township of Surendranagar district in Gujarat, sitting on dharna outside the collector's office for the last one week to protest against refusal of the Wadhwan municipal authorities to ensure payment of minimum wages, were rushed to the hospital after they fell ill. A statement by the Mahila Adhikar Panch, which is leading the protest, said that this happened because "they were on indefinite protest fast". The women, who protested outside the district collector's office also, have already sent a letter to Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel, which said that they were paid Rs 150 per day despite working for eight hours, which id Rs 82 less than the minimum wages. The photographs show women shouting slogans a little after three of them were taken on treatment in Surendranagar Civil Hospital, where they were rushed in an emergency van. For earlier story, click HERE.

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