An anomaly: A special case of female migration
There are a few women who migrate every year, leaving their families behind. Suman, a nineteen-year-old girl, talked about how her mother is the only member of her house migrating along with the neighbours in a group. Her father grazes livestock in the village and stays back with the children. Her mother migrates by her own choice and without expressed pressure from her family to do so. She opts for it as it gives her a source of additional income to sustain herself and her household. Such cases are extremely rare, but they demonstrate how ingrained the concept of seasonal migration is in the villagers. They do not think twice before choosing this as a source of livelihood even though it means enduring poor-quality living standards. At the same time, it illustrates a loosening of gender barriers where the husband is staying back with the kids while his wife migrates to another place for work.