Unable to afford oxen to plough the field due to the financial crisis, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh was forced to use his two daughters to plough the field. The photo has surfaced on social media in which a farmer can be seen using his daughter to plough the fields is not only distressing but also showcases the plight of farmers in our country.
As per ANI, the incident is of Basantpur Pangri which falls under Sehore district. Since the photo has gone viral, Ashish Sharma, the deputy public relations officer of the state government, said the family will be given all possible help under the government scheme and the state administration is looking into the matter. He has asked the farmer to not use children for farming.
“The farmer has been instructed not to use children for such activities. Whatever help he can be given under governmental schemes, the administration is looking into it,” Sharma said.
The farmer claimed theta he is very poor and does not have enough money buy oxen. He said that due to financial constraints both his daughters Radhika and Kunti aged 14 and 11 years respectively, stopped going to school.
Don’t have enough money to buy oxen, ploughing fields to sow of maize crop. Daughter left studies after 8th standard: Sardar Barela, farmer pic.twitter.com/ofsRIa0DsA
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“I do not have enough money to buy or take care of bulls for ploughing. Both my daughters quit their schooling due to the financial crisis,” farmers said.
Earlier, during the farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur six farmers were gunned down by the police prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area.