A large number of members of the women’s wing of the Marumalrchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) observed a fast at Chinthamani here on Friday demanding an independent international investigation into war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. They demanded that the Tamils in Sri Lanka should be allowed a referendum to decide their fate and urged the United Nations to initiate action against him.

Girija Subramanian, Joint Secretary, district women’s wing of the party, led the fast, which was inaugurated by Dr. Rokaiah.