Women with microfinance debt pledge suicide, in Guwahati. On Friday, June 18, debt-ridden women in Guwahati vowed suicide. Assam’s BJP-led government is facing the wrath of several lakh women who have threatened to commit mass suicide if the newly elected government fails to keep an election pledge to wipe off all microfinance debts.
On June 18, hundreds of women staged a demonstration in the Patharquary field on VIP road, seeking exemptions from the Assam government. The ladies said they were experiencing severe hardship as a result of their inability to pay their EMIs on time.
Several individuals have alleged to have been duped by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after being offered debt waivers. So, “We were assure that we would be debt-free, and as a consequence, we miss the EMI payments. However, few suggestions have been made that prevent us from being eligible for a waiver “a woman was added.
“What else are we ladies capable of? What else is there to do except commit suicide? “Screams a protestor.
According to government statistics, Assam has around 40 lenders, 26 lakh clients, 45 lakh bank accounts, and a total loan amount of Rs 12,500 crore (principal + interest).
“We backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but they have abandoned us. This is unjust, and I implore Himanta Biswa Sarma to care about us “As a woman puts it.