Since the past three months Indian women have been protesting against their Prime Minister Narendar Singh Modi’s agricultural laws at New Delhi’s borders. Finally the urging voice of these women have been heard somewhere, ahead of International Women’s Day the famous American news magazine ‘TIME’ has dedicated it’s international cover page of their March edition to the women fomenting the farmers protest. It has been titled as ‘On the Frontlines of India’s Farmer Protest’. The cover displays some 20 women at the Tikri border at the out skirt of Delhi.
The article has been titled as “I Cannot Be Intimidated. I Cannot Be Bought.’ The Women Leading India’s Farmers’ Protests”. It highlights women who have been on the frontlines of the protest against the three farm’s laws, while outlining observations of the Supreme Court of India that they should return to their home. As a strong response the female farmers scrambled onto the stages and shouted an unanimous NO!
The article further stated that the women were disappointed that the are considered to be “mere care workers providing cooking and cleaning services at these sites and not equal stake holders.” ” Why should we go back? This is not just men’s protest. We toil alongside men. Who are we if not farmers.” Jasbir Kaur, a 74-year-old female farmer from Rampur in western Uttar Pradesh was quoted saying. This women who was mobilising the farmers protest at Tikri site, also said that women were often not seen as farmers and their labour is immense but invisible. Women are changing each other here and are claiming their identity as farmers ,she added. “This law will kill us, will destroy what little we have” Amandeep Kaur, another told TIME.
Women Fomenting The Farmers Protest:
“On the Frontline of the India’s Farmers Protest” shows women holding children in one hand and raising the anti-government slogans from the other at the site of the protest. Women’s Rights Activist Sudesh Goyat was also quoted as saying that she was the only women from Haryana during the first few days of the protest in Tikri, but after the Courts comments more and more women have joined, they came with their families, they came with other women, they came alone it’s no less than a merical, she told TIME. The other woman said that some thing snapped with in us when we heard that the court is telling the elderly people and women to go back to their home, and ever since our number has been increasing.
In January the Supreme Court had suspended the implementation of the law until further orders. The talk between the farmers and the Centre have been in the state is settlement since eleventh round of the meeting which was held on 22 January.