Women Will Bear the Brunt of India’s New Farm Laws

A woman carries firewood on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Feb. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).
A woman carries firewood on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Feb. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).

For over two months, hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers have been conducting sustained sit-ins on the outskirts of New Delhi. Undeterred by COVID-19 or violent police crackdowns, and despite the cold northern Indian winter, the protesters are demanding the repeal of controversial new farm laws that they say harm their livelihoods. The sit-ins have been largely peaceful, though tensions have risen in recent weeks. On Jan. 26, a group of farmers took to the streets on the occasion of India’s Republic Day holiday, clashing with security forces.* At least one protester died and hundreds more were injured, including more […]

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