Manipur Social Welfare Minister Mirabai Akoijam has urged women of the non-tribal Meiteis to bear at least 12 children each to save the minority community from extinction.

The Meiteis should stop limiting the number of children through family planning, she said, speaking at a function here on Sunday. Ms. Akoijam said the population of the male Meiteis had come down drastically as a result of violent incidents.