Neeru Rathod is the 8th child in a family of 11 girls born to a Dalit construction worker in Surendranagar district of Gujarat, one of the most feudal and caste-ridden regions of India. Circumstances were difficult growing up but she found her path in 2006, when Video Volunteers and the NGO Navsarjan selected her to be part of a Community…
Shantu Panchal is a college student. She rarely makes it to college because every morning she has to go to fetch water from a field that is many kilometers away from her village.
For two years now the women in Kanpar Village, Gujarat have been struggling to get water. As the pipeline in their village has broken down they walk far to a field to fill their pots of water. In the scorching heat of Gujarat where summer temperatures hover around 47 degrees celsius, these women make up to eight trips to get just enough water to get by on.
The problem here has an additional dimension to it. Since the men are off to work, it is only the women who seem to be doing the heavy lifting. On the other hand, the official Headperson of the village is a woman who has power only in name. The actual decision maker is her husband.
On being pushed for a concrete answer by Community Correspondent Neeru Rathod, the Headwoman's husband said that he would have the problem fixed soon. Watch this space to see if that happens.