About 60 Farmers are Dead in 40 Days as Thousands Live in Tents in Cold, Rainy Weather on Delhi’s Borders
Thousands of farmers, some of them with their young and old family members, have been living on the road for more than 40 days, blockading highways that link the capital city of Delhi with three states, to press their demand that new agricultural “reform” laws be repealed. At least 60 people have died, some in road accidents but mostly due to cardiac arrest and exposure to cold since the “Dilli Chalo” protest began on Nov. 24, 2020. We spoke to medical volunteers at the largest protest site at the Singhu border who warned of a looming health crisis if the protesters had to spend more days under tarpaulin sheets.
Harshita Rathore is an independent journalist with StoriesAsia, a collective of freelance journalists in South and Southeast Asia.
Surabhi Singh works with StoriesAsia. She is a graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi.