ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Law and Women in Unorganised Sector

G Ravindran Nair JHANJUBAN is a 60-year old 'masala' grinder in Bhavanagar, Gujarat. In the peak season she walks the streets of middle class neighbourhood, calling out for work. She stoops to sit in the courtyard, or even on the street, and pounds spices in her iron vessel. Her customers pay her by the kilo (around Rs 2) and a few are more reasonable than others. Some want fine masala, and give her a small sieve for sifting it. Some weigh her work after she finishes her job, so the loss due to seeds and stems falls on her. Her three sons are construction workers living and working elsewhere She borrows money from a neighbour until she earns something or until her sons help her pay her debt. She has been doing this work ever since she was six years old. Miserable indeed is the plight of such Jhanjubans in the country who must slog all through their life for mere survival.

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