Thursday, October 26, 2006

Women go topless for rain relief

Women go topless for rain relief : vidarbha, farmer suicide, madhya pradesh, tribal farmers : : CNN-IBN: "While in the Vidarbha region, hundreds of debt-ridden farmers are being driven to suicide, in UP, they are being doled out cheques worth Rs three as drought relief by an apathetic government.

In Madhya Pradesh's drought-hit Dindori district, the Baiga tribal women farmers have resorted to ploughing their fields half-naked to please the rain gods. Once the "topless ritual" is over, villagers worship a frog, dip it in water and use that water to sprinkle the fields."

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