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Make us farmers, Rae Barelli's women tell Sonia

Women of Rae Barelli who do back-breaking work on farms are asking one of the world's most influential women, Sonia Gandhi, to give them the status of farmers in return for their votes.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2009 13:57 IST

Women of Rae Barelli who do back-breaking work on farms are asking one of the world's most influential women, Sonia Gandhi, to give them the status of farmers in return for their votes.

Although they toil, the absence of this status means women cannot enjoy the benefits that men do, such as get farmers credit card.

Slogans like "Mahilayon Ko Kisan Ka Darja Jo Dilayega, Vote Hamar Wahi Payega" (He/she who will grant women the status of farmer will get our votes) and "Jitni Hogi Bhagidari Utni Lenge Hissedari" (We will have as much share as is the participation) litter the walls of dozens of villages in Harchandpur and Maharajganj blocks of this constituency.

Women ploughing in the field, spraying fertilisers and insecticides and plucking vegetables are a common sight in Rae Barelli.

"We should also have the right to land. We do maximum of the agriculture work but we are not treated as farmers. We cannot get credit cards as the land is registered only in the name of male members. We want this to change," Sarita, a member of Gursen Sahayata Samuh in Datouli village, said.

Maya, a member of the Sangatha Samuh in Anguri village, said,"It pains when family members tell that nothing belongs to me. I work so much but end up remaining just a labourer. Hence we are demanding farmer's status."