Sacrificing Periods for Sugar Cane

For female migrant workers in the sugar belt of India’s western Maharashtra state, periods are treated as an inconvenient interruption to work. To get rid of them, scores of women cane cutters undergo hysterectomies.

Husband-and-wife field teams are fined if they miss a day—an out-of-the-question expense for couples. Some employers advance money to women for the surgery and recoup the funds from their paychecks.

The work is grueling and sexual exploitation is common for female cane cutters—periods add to already-grueling conditions, says Septuagenarian Vilabai. 

The Hindu – BusinessLine


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