A Land to Call Our Own

Across India, farmers are fighting for their lands and rights. Despite their struggles all they get is harassment, torture and humiliation by the Government officials. Ghasiram Mohike, is one such person currently facing this problem. Eight year ago he took over fallow land and started cultivating on it. His sweat and hard work has made this land the only means for survival but the Government wants him off the land. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Rekha Bhangre reports from Khapa, Madhya Pradesh. There are 203 people from 12 villages who are being harassed by the Forest Department in Khapa Village, Madhya Pradesh. To harass them the forest officials send domestic animals to graze on their crops and sometimes they spray poisonous pesticides to destroy it completely. There are several false cases against the residents because of which Ghasiram and other people are called to the Range Office at anytime. They are also threatened by the officials to leave the land. The farmers are adamant that they are going nowhere, all they want to do is to farm and they want land rights, a piece to call their own. "We are all together in this fight for hunger"- The people of Khapa village are all ready to fight for their land and rights. To help them call Mr. Ashok Shinde, Tribal Welfare Department on-09424678595 and appeal to him to take strict action.   About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.

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