In spite of the organized resistance of people, especially women, stone mining continues unabated in Karmali Village in Chatra District, Jharkhand. Women are scared to live in their thatched-roof small houses made of brick or mud because the miners blast the stone to break it and huge pieces can fly off towards their homes.

Karmali is just 50 feet away from the stone quarry. The existing rule is a distance of 500 feet. Therefore the recent International Women’s Day gathering was held at Jhori, very close to the police station, and residences of the miners to let the powerful know that the poor have not given up their struggle to make their villages a peaceful living place.

With the animator, Sivaratan Yadav, Sister Malini visited the villages of Moreno, Bandthard, Pahardpur, Karmali, Bhudigarda, Dandar, Parmachak, Painee, Ganghari and Jhori on March 7, 2019. Thirty years ago led by a people’s movement and organized struggle for land rights, these people have got a piece of land for which they do not own legal papers. This is the reason the miners have an upper hand in connivance with the state officials. The struggles of these people continue.

Malini Manjoly, SCN | See more photos.

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