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Dihuri Atary Village...

Kari Devi, a dalit landless labourer who migrates to Assam, Delhi and other parts of Bihar 8 months a year to work at brick kilns as there is no employment available -especially for women- in her village..

she lost all her 4 children to diseases and malnutrition while working at the brick kilns....

migration is a big problem in india today..
workers from gujarat migrate to maharashtra
workers from maharashtra migrate to madhya pradesh
workers from madhya pradesh migrate to rajasthan
and so on....

contractors/middlemen bring in cheap labour from other states whom they can exploit, thus forcing the regional labour to look for work elsewhere..

in most places, workers are paid just a fraction of the minimum wage, with women getting paid even less...

children are most vulnerable to dieases and malnutrition at the time of migration...

scanned from a contact sheet as i'm kind of broke at the moment (as always :))

edit (17 june 2005) : am a little lazy..(won't be reposting) so please check the final choice of the photograph here itself.... (also scanned from a contact sheet)

in august 2005 i read in the papers that kari devi along with 9 other dalit villagers died because they ate a rotten goat carcass out of desperation because of starvation.. ironically in the monsoon parliamentary session of the same month, the new rural employment guarantee bill was passed..

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