Mis­use of polyandry

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This refers to "Pos­sessed by land" (16-31 Au­gust, 2015). We

found sim­i­lar cases dur­ing our field work in Ha­pur dis­trict and other ar­eas of western Ut­tar Pradesh. Many fam­i­lies prac­tice polyandry as a means to con­trol women's labour on farms. Dur­ing an­other re­search in southern Ra­jasthan, I ob­served tribal house­holds claim rights over large tracts of land us­ing polyandry. They also use it as a means to ob­tain free labour to till the land. Such in­stances call for a deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tion into land grab within fam­ily struc­tures through such in­sid­i­ous means.

SOMA K P

VIA EMAIL

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