29-year-old Shari Ranjeet, a staff nurse for over seven years at a private hospital in Kerala, draws a monthly salary of Rs. 12,000. She has already exhausted most of her earnings and there are three more weeks to go in this month. "I spend around Rs. 3,000 every month for my bus fare. I have a child to take care of but we have nothing left from my salary," she said. Around 5,000 nurses working in private hospitals across Kerala are protesting, demanding wage hike. Kerala has 1,275 private hospitals with around 50,000 trained nurses working in them.