A woman farmer has taken to social media to protest her gender discrimination in a rural area, with many accusing her of being the victim of a hate crime.
The incident, which took place in the state of Haryana, comes as India continues to grapple with its worst food crisis in decades, according to government data.
Women account for nearly 40 percent of the country’s population, according the World Bank, but have been denied land, access to capital and other benefits that men enjoy.
In rural areas, women have faced a wave of forced marriage, rape, domestic violence, forced adoption and forced sterilization, according a recent report by a U.N. working group.
India is facing the largest food crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In 2016, the government declared a state of emergency to tackle food security concerns.
The government has increased the price of food and imposed taxes on food and sugar, among other measures.
A new campaign, “The Right to Food,” is expected to launch on Thursday in Delhi to encourage women to demand equal rights and support for women in rural areas.
“I am the victim and this is a hate incident,” H.K. Bhattacharya, a farmer in the district of Rishikesh, told Reuters.
“They should know that my gender is not a hindrance, it is my right.
They should know what they are doing.
They are trying to change my life for the worse.”
Bhatticharya is a woman farmer in Haryanasi who has been married for 26 years.
Her husband, Biju Yadav, said he was harassed by villagers in the region.
“In our village, we have no woman in the field,” Bijus said.
“People say, ‘Are you a girl or are you a boy?'”
Bhattieva said she would be willing to undergo a gender reassignment surgery to prove her identity.
She said she was shocked by the attack, which she said took place outside her home, and that her husband was harassed for hours by a mob of villagers who also accused her of cheating on her husband.
“He has been harassed, beaten up, spat at and verbally abused,” Bhatti said.
She added that she feared that her family could face a backlash if she reported the incident.
In an interview with Reuters, Bhattocharya said her husband has been unable to find a suitable farm to work, and is forced to sell his land and farm to pay rent.
The situation has escalated since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that Indian farmers cannot be forced to marry men in violation of their constitutional right to free speech and religion.
The court also ruled that men cannot be married to women in the country, an action that will take effect in July.
India’s women’s rights movement has grown rapidly in recent years as women’s empowerment and political empowerment have become a priority issue.
In the first half of 2017, more than 1.6 million people signed a petition calling for the repeal of gender-based discrimination in government, civil service, education and other sectors.
A year later, India’s highest court, the Supreme Court of India, struck down the Indian government’s ban on gender-specific registration of land under the Right to Free and Equal Remuneration of Women Act.
Bihari, a 23-year-old woman farmer who also went by the name H.M., said her family is also being discriminated against.
“We have to get a job.
I cannot even go to school,” she said.
Bizhikeshar Bhattal, a resident of Rishipur district, also took to social news platform Twitter on Thursday to voice her support for Bhatties rights.
“Let’s take action to end gender-related discrimination,” Bizhi said in a tweet.
Bhatia, who is a farmer, also spoke about the injustice she has faced in the past.
“Many times I have been harassed and beaten up by villagers, including my brother, for being a woman,” she told Reuters by phone.
“When I was going through my mid-twenties, I thought it was a bad dream, but it has become a reality.”