About this GalleryThe fate of Rohi, a village just off Yamuna Expressway, is uncertain. The men of the village were convinced by the representatives of the government to give up their land in exchange for a better life for the Jewar International Airport project, also known as the Noida Airport project. But the women are not a part of making the decision. (By Sakshi Garg)
“The landowner will get the money as compensation for the land and their sons (above 18 years of age) are promised a job. What will a woman get,” asks Rinki, a resident of Rohi. In her case, her husband is not the landowner, her father-in-law is. She is afraid that her father-in-law may not help them to sustain through the shift.
Rinki said that the officials have not engaged with the women in the village. The women have to follow some patriarchal traditions that bound them to remain in parda (veil) to hide their faces and not speak to strangers, particularly men.
“I do not have a problem with the construction of the airport. It will bring development in the area and can send my children to better schools. But the women are being ignored, and their young children are being ignored,” said Rinki.
Rinki doesn't know any other work apart from working on farms and rearing cattle. The only work she did is now being taken away from her. She is worried that her future would be bleak at the relocated place.
“Like a job is being offered to men, one job should be offered to women as well. Women tend to work harder and save more money,” said Rinki. She suggests that the elderly who are unable to work should be awarded monthly pension and every woman should be offered a job, not to help the household, but to make sure that she is not dependable on men. “This is how the development will come, not by just making an airport.”