Venezuelan president urges women to have six children

Venezuelan president urges women to have six children
Caracas: Amid scrambling financial crisis in the country, embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has issued bizarre instructions to women population of the country, urging them to give birth to more children.

During his appearance in a broadcast event pertaining to promotion of women’s health care in the country a day ago, the president urged women to have six children in the larger interest of the country.

The North American country is already facing acute shortage of food and medicine due to poor economic condition. And Maduro’s statement has drawn criticism from different section of the world.

Birth of more children may trigger the situation for already deprived children as Unicef says 13 per cent of kids were malnourished between 2013 and 2018.

"May God bless you for having given life to six little girls and boys", BBC quoted Maduro as saying.

"Every woman should have six children for the good of the country", he said. His statement comes days before the International Women's Day which will be held on March 8.

The economic situation of Venezuela, where one in three citizen is facing hurdles to meet both ends, is on the edge of collapse due to power struggle between Mudro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

More than fifty countries support Guaido and consider him as the legitimate leader of the country but power lies with Maduro as he was backed by military.