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Tribal Women

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The forest policies of the post liberalization era are devastating in their impact on tribals. Tribals are prevented from using even minor forest produce and tribal women in particular are the worst victims because they are more vulnerable to harassment by the forest administration.
In the name of development non-tribals and big commercial interests are exploiting the natural resources; mining being a major example. This is just one way of privatizing the forests and natural resources like water. To make matters worse, women in tribal communities who had enjoyed a certain degree of freedom compared to their counterparts in other communities are sought to be imprisoned by those in power in authoritarian social codes that are alien to their culture.