The Telangana government free saree drive on Monday ended in women exchanging blows, pulling each other by hair as purportedly seen by video aired by local news channel. The video aired purportedly showed a few women exchanging blows while a few others were seen shoving and attacking with footwear.
Another video purportedly showed a group of women fighting near a counter distributing free sarees at Saidabad. Many even allegedly burnt the sarees over poor quality.
The Telangana government began free distribution of over one crore sarees for women below the poverty line and above the age of 18 years for the upcoming traditional ‘Bathukamma’ festival. It said that about 1.04 crore women would be given sarees free of cost. The scheme costs Rs 222 crore.