The entire nation is very well aware of the fact that the protests are still going on against the recently passed Farms Bill. While the rate of suicides has increased, the farmers from all over India are still standing strong and protesting. While the farmers protest in Delhi and at the Sindhu Border, a forum of women lawyers, mainly the ones who are practising in the Delhi High Court, have decided to fast in solidarity, today, on December 23’ 2020, in accordance with the ongoing “Satyagraha” by the farmers.
“It is our belief that while the issue of the Constitutionality of the farm laws being enacted by the Center when agriculture is a state subject is sub-judice before the Supreme Court and the issue of the legality of the enactment by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha is also being heard by the Supreme Court, implementation of irreversible and far-reaching farm laws would render these petitions infructuous and could cause irreparable damage to the farm sector in India”,
said the Forum of women lawyers on Tuesday.
These lawyers are associated with the forum and are demanding a ‘repeal of the three farm laws.’ This group of women lawyers plan on fasting today, on December 23, since the day is observed as Kisan Diwas, and hope that the farm laws are repealed today.
The said forum of women includes Senior Advocates, such as Adv. Indra Jaising, Adv. Mahalakshmi Pawani, Adv. Biswajit BhattachryaMohan Katari, Adv. Anand Grover and other advocates, such as Adv. Shadan Farasyat, Adv. Prashant Padmanabham, Adv. Ritu Diwan, etc. The forum also includes other members, as, Shweta Kapoor, Zeba Khair, and Iram Majid.
These lawyers are against the dismantling of the regulatory mechanism of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the permission the farm laws give the corporates to negotiate with the small farmers, who, as they said, lack the means to enforce or negotiate contracts, especially due to absence of effective Legal Aid and Judicial infrastructure in Rural India.
“The decisions of corporates driven by profit would also affect the food security if India and cropping patterns would be determined not by local needs but by international market forces. While the Indian and global economy, especially urban employment is badly hit by COVID-19, 80 percent of the country is dependent for its sustenance on agriculture, imposing such far-reaching legislation upon a vulnerable citizenry in such an unconstitutional manner is a matter of grave concern.”
While the farmers of the entire National have come together to protest against the Law, endless discussions and talks are being held amongst the Leaders of the Farmers and the Centre.
Supreme Court has not confirmed the legality of these laws so far and is waiting for a proper review of the laws and the policies that they introduce, before passing any order regarding the same.
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