On the 4th of March, 2019, a 16-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree just outside the village of Rouni, nestled in the Sal-forested hills of Jashpur in Chhattisgarh, India. Manita had chosen not to accompany her parents to a meeting on caste certificates held in the village the day before, saying she’d rather stay home and study for her exams. After a few hours at home, she took the cattle out to graze, found a tree at the edge of the village, and hanged herself; the cattle returned alone.
Author: Shreya K.
Shreya K is a teacher at Shaheed School in Raipur, which was set up by workers in 1996 in the industrial area of Birgaon and is run by the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karyakata Committee)