Refusing free rides as prices of essential goods soar


Compiled by C. ARUNO, PAVITHRA RAMAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

AN elderly woman’s refusal to accept a free bus ticket provided by the Tamil Nadu state government has resonated with people in the state with many more women following suit, Makkal Osai reported.

Apparently, the act of refusing these free tickets has become a small protest by women who are struggling to keep their families fed and clothed.

“Prices of food and other essentials such as cooking oil and gas cylinders have skyrocketed. A mere five rupee ticket isn’t helping those who are struggling,” one woman was seen telling a bus conductor.

Video footage showing cases of women refusing the free tickets had been posted online.

Some of the women were seen arguing with the bus conductors who insisted on giving them the free tickets.

In viral videos of the original incident, the elderly woman insisted on paying for her own ticket.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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