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Video: Poor woman fails to exchange Rs 4,000, strips before RBI in Delhi - 8 facts to know

Demonetisation’s ugly face surfaced with a bang on Wednesday when a poor woman stripped in a desperate protest in New Delhi.   The incident took place  in front of the RBI building an earshot away from Parliament, the seat of Indian democracy.   She had come to RBI to exchange Rs 4,000 in old notes.   A video of the incident shows two policewomen trying to restrain her and then retreating. The woman gets close to the gate and starts stripping. She was accompanied by her two year old child, who stood by the

Demonetisation’s ugly face surfaced with a bang on Wednesday when a poor woman stripped in a desperate protest in New Delhi. 

The incident took place  in front of the RBI building an earshot away from Parliament, the seat of Indian democracy. 

She had come to RBI to exchange Rs 4,000 in old notes. 

A video of the incident shows two policewomen trying to restrain her and then retreating. The woman gets close to the gate and starts stripping. She was accompanied by her two year old child, who stood by the side weeping.   

The Indian Express carried a good report on the incident. Here are the key facts: 

1) The woman is a 24-year-old mother of two chidlren, a boy and a girl. She has been abandoned by her husband reccently. 

2) She is a resident Nangloi in Delhi and ekes out a living as a daily wage worker. 

3) She had come with two old Rs 1,000 notes and four old Rs 500 notes money she had made working as a daily wager. The notes were in a bad shape, she said rats in the jhuggis had chewed on them. The notes were kept in her two-year-old son’s pants pocket.

4) She had gone to RBI on Tuesday morning to get new notes and had stood in the queue for hours. She failed as she did not have any id.  Her son urinated inside RBI office and police had to be called in to escort her out. She waited outside for a long time on Tuesday before going home. 

5) On Wednesday, she went back at 10 am and was again turned away. This time she was more adamant and parked herself outside the RBI. Police tried moving her but she resisted and stood their crying.

 

6) At 1 pm, after weeping for hours, and a minor scuffle with police women, she disrobed. 

7) Police took her and the son away in a police van to Parliament Street police station from where she was escorted home.

8) She has time till March 31 to try to exchange her old notes.

Video: Desperate woman strips before RBI in Delhi 

 

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