An anom­aly: A spe­cial case of fe­male mi­gra­tion

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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.

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