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A WOMEN FROM JHARKHAND ORGANIZED 40 WOMEN FROM HER TRIBAL TRIBE TO SAFEGUARD THEIR FOREST, NOW KNOWN AS 'JUNGLE KI SHERNI'

by Shailee Mishra

Date & Time: Apr 20, 2022 8:00 PM

Read Time: 2 minute



A group of Sarkaghat tribal women leave their homes armed with sticks and bow arrows, every morning. They march together to the forest that borders their village in Jharkhand before dispersing into the deeper areas. But don't mistake these women for hunters or protectors of straying wild animals. They're on the prowl for a different kind of threat: humans.

"We are on the lookout for people who enter the forest for illegal tree felling, and we are preventing them from stealing our valuable resources," Kandoni Soren, one of the villagers, said.

Always in alert mode
Kandoni, a Jamshedpur Police house guard, is the driving force behind this programme, which she started in 2011.

"Our community is surrounded by a 250-acre forest. "We all rely significantly on natural resources accessible here," she explains, adding that seven other villages surround different portions of the forest.

Dry wood, fruits, and vegetables are among these resources. "We always choose to collect fallen woods to light fire for our chulha."

However, in recent years, a large number of persons have been involved in tree cutting without first obtaining permission from the forest service.

The natural ecosystem has been harmed as a result of this. We are resourceful and sensitive when it comes to extracting them, to the point where we don't have pukka houses, which need a lot of resources.

Jungle ki sherni

Kandoni claims she observed extraordinary woodland tree felling. "A large number of outsiders enter the forest to extract resources. However, they frequently go too far and exploit the land. They are gangs and mafias with a long history of criminal activity.

Without the forest, our very life is jeopardised. We can only survive if we defend it. This is something that every villager is fully aware of."

Kandoni made so many efforts to protect the natural resources as she made multiple attempts to stop cutting the tree's she gathered women in her village and discussed her idea how could they protect forest
Hariyali Sakaam is a forest preservation committee that began with only five women.

In the local tongue, the word means "green leaf."As a result, the women began going into the woods every day to look for illegal tree cutters.

Also Read: JUNGLE BACHAO ABHIYAAN: JHARKHAND WOMEN TEAMS UP TO SAFEGUARD THE FOREST


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