How India’s Indigenous Female Forest Dwellers Feel about Owning Their Own Land

By Stella Paul
KORCHI/GADCHIROLI, India, Aug 9 2019 (IPS)

Kumaribai Jamkatan, 51, has been fighting for women’s land
rights since 1987.
Though the constitution of India grants equal rights to men and
women, women first started to stake their claim for formal
ownership of land only after 2005–the year the government
accorded legal rights to daughters to be co-owners of family-owned
land.
For the Indigenous communities, it was the Forest Rights Act 2006
which allowed women to own land.
The struggle has been long and hard with social, financial and
legal challenges, Jamkatan says.

“In the beginning, nobody even believed in the individual land
rights of women. Some saw it as a huge work burden as the land is
usually in the name of the patriarch of the family and granting
ownership to women would mean distributing the land to individual
family members.”
About 3,000 women are reported to have received land rights since
local Indigenous villages in Gadchiroli district grouped together
to assist one another.
Jamkatan is pursuing a personal goal of helping 1,000 women get
land rights this year.

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How India’s Indigenous Female Forest Dwellers Feel about Owning Their Own Land