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Madhya Pradesh farmer uses teenage daughters to plough farm

Madhya Pradesh farmer uses teenage daughters to plough farm”

The financially distressed farmer was left with no option than to force his daughters to leave their studies and help him in the field.

In a shocking incident, a poor farmer from Madhya Pradesh due to acute financial crisis was forced to use his two daughters instead of oxen to pull the plough in his fields.

Sardar Barela's daughters, Radhika (14) and Kunti (11), have quit their education due to lack of money or financial support.

According to Ashish Sharma, District Panchayat Raj Office, the farmer has been instructed not to use children for such activities.

Sardar Barela, the farmer, said, "Don't have enough money to buy oxen, ploughing fields to sow of maize crop".

The two girls who have studied till 8th standard were compelled to drop out of the school following the financial distress of the farmer's family. "Whatever help he can be given under governmental schemes, administration is looking into it", he was quoted as saying.

Another farmer story from the state of Madhya Pradesh brings to light the crisis prevalent in the state.

The farmers have been demanding farm loan waiver in the state and prices for produce which are one and half times of the input cost.

The development comes on the foreground of the Mandsaur farmers' protest in Madhya Pradesh after five people lost lives and several others got injured after police opened fire at the agitators. In order to control the situation, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had sat on an indefinite strike for 24 hours.



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