Two months into their protest at Jantar Mantar, farmers from Tamil Nadu, who have been demanding loan waivers, revised drought packages, a Cauvery Management Committee, and fair prices for their products from the Centre took a stomach-churning step on Sunday.
According to the reports, in a bid to make authorities take heed of their demands, ten men including their leader P Ayyakannu allegedly consumed their own excreta.
"We collected the excreta in the morning (in plastic bags) and then ate it... By not giving us revised drought packages, compensation for crops ruined by the bad weather conditions and refusing loan waivers, the central government has forced us into a position of having to eat our own waste", said Ayyakannu, the State president of the National South-Indian Rivers Linking Farmers’ Association.
Adding up to the fright the farmers also stated that if their demands went unheard they would eat human flesh on Monday.
"We had been here for 41 days earlier, and now by Tuesday, it will be the 59th day since we came back. So altogether, Tuesday will mark the hundredth day of our protest, and we plan to march in the nude to the PM’s office then", said Ayyakannu.
Earlier this year, farmers undertook some distinctive measures from skulls allegedly of farmers who had committed suicide at the protest site to threatening to drink their own urine.