Women in India often spend most of their lives working on their husband's farm while never being able to own the land. This film looks at an organization that's attempting to redefine women as farmers and landowners.
From ancient times, life has been based on agriculture. So this agriculture based lifestyle includes not only men but women too. Looking at the past, we have understood one thing completely. That women are not only doing this much in various parts of the country, but are also ploughing their fields, driving tractors, catching fish, taking the produce to the market, going to the Mandi committee. So when women are doing all the work, why are they not recognized as farmers?
Is your land in your name?
I don't own the land.
No, I don't have any land.
My father owned it earlier. He died. Now I own it.
Does your wife work on the farm too?
Yes she does.
So shouldn't she own the land?
No, my wife doesn't own it, its mine.
The biggest need right now is to define and redefine women's land rights, legally and constitutionally. The land laws should be amended. The Succession Act should be amended. The inheritance law should be amended. Now a new legislation should be passed for a law to ensure that a wife gets joint ownership of her husband's farmland.
The land which is our own, the house in which we spend 40-50 years of our lives, for which we have worked so hard, why don't we own that house, that land, that property? Women are farmers too. They are the pride of the nation.
A Special Thanks to Vilma, Simlo, Rekha, Tripta, Gayatri, Jagori Grameen, WAVE