Some of the ladies leaders who stood up, spoke out Over the final yr, as males, younger and outdated, set off to Delhi and elsewhere to protest in opposition to the legal guidelines, again home, a largely invisible pressure held up the opposite finish — their wives, moms, daughters and daughters-in-law, who labored the fields and tended to households. Yet, there have been a number of girls who took the plunge, joined the agitation and led from the entrance.
Malan Kaur, 70
General secretary of the ladies’s wing of BKU Ugrahan in Bathinda district, Kaur, who has by no means gone to highschool, says it was son’s instructor who impressed her son and later her to talk up for farmers and their rights. Since 2004, she has been a part of the ladies’s wing of BKU Ugrahan.
Kaur was 60 when she first went up on stage to talk. Since then, she has motivated a number of girls in Bathinda to step out of their houses. “I cannot read or write so I listen to recorded videos or ask my daughters-in-law to read out to me. That’s how I learnt more about the farm laws.”
Jasbir Kaur Natt, 60
A state committee member of the Punjab Kisan Morcha, Jasbir has been managing the stage at Tikri border for the reason that first week of December final yr.
“I have been at Tikri all these days and went home only once to see my sick mother,” says Jasbir, who retired as a clerk from the electrical energy board.
Harinder Kaur Bindu, 42
Vice-president of the BKU Ugrahan, Harinder, from village Ramgarh Bhagatuana in Faridkot district of Punjab, has been related to the farmer union for over 16 years. “I am a farmer, a mother, a daughter. But since June 2020, I have had just one purpose: getting the farm laws revoked. My teenage son came once to meet me at the Tikri border. I miss them. But you need to make some sacrifices to set an example for others,” she says.
Balbir Kaur Sidhu, 40
A practising advocate, Balbir is answerable for BKU Dakaunda’s Mansa unit. “Women were not very active and farmer unions hardly had any women’s wings. I joined BKU Dakaunda in 2010. Today, most of the villages in Mansa have women’s wings of farm unions. I was able to mobilise a number of women to step out of their homes and travel to Delhi to protest. Many of them also lead morchas in Punjab. Our hard work has paid off.”
Surjit Kaur Aklia, 75
Member of the Mansa unit of BKU Dakaunda, Surjit Kaur, from Aklia village in Mansa, is a part of the langar committee at Singhu. “My sons are both farmers. I stayed in Delhi for 70 days and came home only on March 7. After that, I kept going for shorter durations,” says Kaur, who spoke right into a mic for the primary time in the course of the protest in Delhi. “I’ve by no means been to highschool and didn’t suppose I might be capable of do that…
I obtained this energy after this wrestle began.”