Hey! Heading home? Or are you on your way to this recently opened Lit AfCafé?
Yeah! That is how we live in metropolitan cities, but have you ever thought about how people live in villages which are just a few hundred kilometers from our cities? I am sure most of you haven’t and that is why I am here trying to draw some light on womens status in villages.
PS: All the points I’m making here are based on my visit to Malana, Rehatna, and Khaprana which are located in Baghpat district of Western Uttar Pradesh.
To begin with, it is a highly diverse district with communities ranging from Muslim Jaats to Hindu Rajputs, and believe me when I say, their lives are nothing like ours. You name any basic right and they have been denied. Women there are not allowed to step out of their houses except in a few cases who have to take care of the farms along with their household work. The average working hours for women there are anything between 12-14 hours.
They are not allowed to go to the school and the relatively fortunate ones who make it to primary school have to discontinue their studies due to unavailability of higher secondary schools in their villages, then this is naturally followed by marriages at a very young age. Patriarchy there exists in its most profound forms because women are the last ones to eat in the family, often do not get a balanced diet and their overall work-life balance is bad.