Madhya Pradesh farmer uses teenage daughters to plough farm

In visuals provided by ANI, Kahla's two teenaged daughters can be seen ploughing the field. Radhika, 14 and Kunti, 11 years dropped out of school due to the family's financial condition. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 9, 2017 1:38 pm
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Severe financial constraints forced a farmer in Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district to take help from his two daughters to plough their fields as the family doesn’t have money to buy oxen, ANI reported on Sunday. Hailing from the Basantpur Pangri village, Sardar Kahla claimed he does not have enough money to buy oxen for ploughing. “I do not have enough money to buy or take care of bulls for ploughing. Both my daughters quit their schooling due to financial crisis,”  he said.

In visuals provided by ANI, Kahla’s two teenaged daughters can be seen ploughing the field. Radhika, 14 and Kunti, 11 years dropped out of school due to the family’s financial condition.

District Public Relation Officer (DPRO) Ashish Sharma said the administration has been looking into the matter. “The farmer has been instructed not to use children for such activities. Whatever help he can be given under governmental schemes, administration is looking into it,” he said.

Over 30 farmers in the state have committed suicide since the protests in in Mandsaur. Six were killed when police opened fire at protesters demanding crop loan waiver and better remuneration for their produce.  The Madhya Pradesh government eventually launched a new debt relief scheme – Krishi Rin Samadhan Yojana — for the farmers.  The cabinet has reportedly allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the scheme.


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  1. K
    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    The Express News Desk seems blatantly blind towards South India in all aspects leave aside farmers who are affected by draught since 3 -4 years.
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    Ramesh Kotecha
    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    Very sad to see young girls doing the work of an ox, rather than spend time in school. How much money is needed to buy an Ox? Where and how can one send money to help this farmer? Ramesh London, UK
  3. s
    Jul 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    Kya insaniyat khatam ho gai he madhya pradesh me? ya saare madya pradesh mein daridra ho gaye hai? AGAR sarkar apaahij hai aur inki madad nahi kar sakti to hum madad karenge inki. I request ie to take initiative in this regard.
  4. A
    Al S
    Jul 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    so much for the close to 10 years of BJP rule. What MP has endured till now, India will have to endure for next 2 years, more.
  5. A
    Jul 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    Sad that the significant number of GIRLS have to drop out of the school as parents have to prioritize the family expenditure due to extreme poverty . The long term solution lies off course in strict family planning and in providing incentives to the female children in form of the instant cash subsidies for attending the school and the amount paid should be sufficient to discourage parents to force them to seek a job to support their families . There is nothing bad in the girls helping their parents as farm labour provided their education is not stopped as education is the key to progress of the society. Congress has been in absolute power for almost 55 out of the 70 years since independence and still there are many areas which need to be corrected . MODI and team is on a correct path and many of the things will improve during next 10 years as the corruption at the top has con down considerably and the progress will trickle down to the bottom line during the next decade
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