Sunday, September 02, 2018

In Jewar's Rohi Village, Women Unopposed to Airport, Ask for Share in Development

New Delhi: In Rohi, a village in Jewar Tehsil just off the Yamuna Expressway, the local member of Legislative Assembly addresses a gathering of men under a tree. There is a decision to be made -- will Rohi give its land for the proposed Jewar airport project or not? And the women are not a part of the gathering.

"The men will get money as compensation for the land, the sons will get a promised job, what will the women get," asks Kamlesh, the Pradhan of Rohi. But even she did not attend the meeting to take a call on Rohi’s fate. Instead, her husband went.

Kamlesh says the authorities have not engaged with women in the village. Patriarchal traditions govern that they remain in parda (veil) and not show their face and talk to strangers, particularly men, even if they are MLAs or District Magistrates.
02/09/18 Manas Mitul/
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