Women activists staged ‘Vanta Vaarpu’, a novel protest demonstration, under the aegis of the Progressive Organisation of Women (POW) division committee here on Tuesday in protest against the government’s alleged move to hike the price of non-subsidised cooking gas and soaring prices of essential commodities. The women protesters prepared food on the roadside near the RTO’s office and served the same to the passersby in a symbolic protest against the soaring prices of essential commodities including vegetables.