Documentation - a felt need…

NGOs front-end development interventions and engage with the community to implement programmes and projects. They are witness to heart-warming stories of change, which are however rarely documented owing to internal constraints like lack of time, and the skills required for documentation. CDL has recognised the need as well as the limitations among NGOs for specialised documentation, and responded to it.

Gurji Khei's story…

The story of one woman's suffering but also one of hundred others coming together in a collective demonstration of solidarity that brought positive change…

Gurji Khei is a widow from an extremely backward and marginalized section of society. She lives in a little one-room hutment, outside Malpada, her village in a house granted to her under the Indira Awas Yojana . Gurji Khei's life has seen turmoil and anguish.

As the wife of a migrant labourer, she and her husband lived in Nagpur for many years. He died there and Gurji Khei had to return to her village with her three children where she worked as daily wage labour at a construction site. A relationship with the house builder resulted in the birth of a son, after which, he deserted her.

Women from 20 villages then came together to conduct rallies and processions to pressurize the man into recognizing Gurji Khei's right to maintenance for herself and her child. They worked out a compromise with the man who agreed to compensate her with a house to live in and a monthly maintenance. The case was not to end there however, because he failed to honour his commitment.

The group then approached a lawyer to facilitate court proceedings. With support from Vikalpa, a local NGO, legal proceedings were initiated to seek justice for Gurji Khei. The court of the Judicial Magistrate I class, Kantabanji, ruled that a maintenance of Rs.400/- be paid to the child.

There are probably many women like Gurji Khei across the country, who have similar stories to tell. CDL is committed to telling their stories. Read more…..

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