Women in villages are organising special rallies to exhort people to join the batches scheduled to leave for Delhi on December 26 and 27. Enthusiasm in women to participate in the protest against the Central farm laws is more than their male counterparts. More and more women are committing themselves to leave for the national capital.
“My mother-in-law and husband are at the Tikri border. Now I am also planning to join them on December 26. My daughter-in-law and son would take care of our house,” said Satwant Kaur (50) from Balian village during a rally to mobilise support for the protest and to pay homage to farmers who lost lives during the protest.
With essential commodities no more a concern, as these are being provided by various NGOs, the focus of women is now on joining their family members in huge numbers in Delhi on December 26 and December 27. Before November 26, women were conducting marches across villages to collect ration for the protest, but now it’s all about ensuring maximum participation.
“My husband has been at the Tikri border since the protest began. He has been sharing the feedback about the strength of the protest with us daily. Sometimes he predicts a long battle, but sometimes he says the victory is not away as the Central Government keeps changing stance,” said Jagir Kaur, a Thalesa village resident.
Some have their own “compelling” reasons to delay their march to the national capital. “Our buffalo has delivered a male calf two days ago and now both are fine. I would leave for Delhi on December 26 to join the protest with my husband, who is already there. My father-in-law will stay at home while my daughter and son are also here,” said Gurbhajan Kaur, another woman.
As part of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) plans, on December 20, homage was paid to deceased farmers. From December 21 to 23, memorial processions will be organised in villages. After village-level tributes to “martyrs”, block-level tributes will be paid on December 24 and. Around 30,000 more state residents are expected join the protest at Delhi on December 26-27.