The Fiercest Forest Protectors: These Women Protect Their Local Forests Better Than Men

The Logical Indian

March 31st, 2016

Source & Image: PRI

Women in the small tribal village of Odisha’s Ghunduribadi are shouldering a responsibility of guarding the local forest used for generations against intruders and illegal loggers. In the 1800s the British declared the land their own, but after the passing of India’s landmark Forest Rights Act in 2006, the villages like Ghunduribadi can claim title to their ancestral lands.

30 years ago, the men carried out the responsibility of protecting the forest. But at that time it the forest turned barren from overuse. A series of draughts further escalated the problem, which resulted into starvation in the village. But later, the women came together and they were handed over the onus to protect the forest. Since then the forest has flourished and today, the number of intruders has dropped almost to zero because of the watchful eyes of the local women.

Whatever these women have achieved is under risk of thriving until the official title to the land is not authorised.

Even a decade has passed after the Forest Right Act was enacted, barely two per cent of the land rights have been granted today. State-owned forest continue to succumb for industrialisation.

Read the full story at PRI.

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Chhatisgarh Minister’s Wife Buys State Forest Land To Build Resort, Dept Says It’s “Not Possible” To Take Action

Forest Wildfire

Forests Of Uttarakhand Continue To Burn Even After Last Year’s Massive Wildfire

How A Two-Year Long Battle By Tribal Community Saved Goa’s Indigenous Forest

Jadav Payeng

[Watch/Read] The Story Of One Man Who Single-Handedly Planted A Forest Of 1360 Acres

Karnataka Government Strongly Criticised After Group Of Tribal Women Carried Out Nude Protest

Police And Forest Dept. Demolish Homes Of Over 3000 Adivasis In Kodagu, Karnataka Without Any Notice

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

NHRC Issues Notice To UP Police Over Refusal To Carry Accident Victims In Their Car

News

Revealing India’s Income Inequality, Survey Says Richest 1% Pocket 73% Of Nation’s Wealth

News

Journalists Reported Dalit Protest Arrested By Kerala Cops

News

Om Prakash Rawat Appointed New Chief Election Commissioner, Know More About Him

News

Theatres Vandalised, Buses Torched, Rajput Women Threaten To Commit Suicide If Padmavat Releases

Awareness

Woman Complains Of Aadhaar Getting Linked To 9 Mobile No. Without Her Knowledge, UIDAI Replies, “Now You Know’’