Discrimination confines women in Rajasthan’s mines to menial tasks, lugging rocks in ‘super-exploitative conditions’

In Bhilwara district, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, sandstone slabs form a makeshift fence around a field, marking the boundaries of a temporary worksite. In the centre, Seema, a tall young woman, lifts sandstone cobbles into large wooden crates.

A firm in Jaipur, the state capital, has ordered the stones for export to Britain, where they will be used to pave streets and build sea defences.

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