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CORONAVIRUS AND LOCKDOWN: SHEDDING A LIGHT ON THE UNSUNG ‘HEROES’, IN THE NAME OF WOMEN MIGRANT WORKERS

* Stuti Chakraborty, &  ** Anuja Das

*Research Scholar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

** Scholar, Department of Sociology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract


The atrocious pandemic that has taken a toll on various issues of the people including their economic-psycho-social circumstances is inconspicuously disrupting the lives of migrant workers, on a large scale. This article throws light on the wretched circumstances of the migrant workers, especially the difficulties faced by the women migrant workers, amidst the pandemic along with the condition of women migrant workers in recent years, and how Covid-19 and lockdown have impacted them overall, specifically their physical and mental health, with the understanding of how their condition has worsened because of the pandemic and what measures should be taken for the welfare of their psycho-social health. This is a descriptive and qualitative study, focusing mainly on secondary data, which have been taken from several National data sources. Findings of the paper shows, the migrant workers, without whom the betterment of the economic and social structure is unthinkable, is catastrophic. The unheard voice of these migrant workers and they have been struggling with multifaceted forms of discrimination, including gender-specific issues with migration policies and protection, combating violence, Xenophobia. Overall the humanitarian crisis along with the medical crisis has devoured the lives of migrant workers in India.

Keywords


migrant workers, women migrant workers, mental health, psycho-social health, women, COVID-19, lockdown

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Stuti Chakraborty, & Anuja Das, (2020). Coronavirus and Lockdown: Shedding a Light on the Unsung ‘Heroes’, In the Name of Women Migrant Workers. John Foundation Journal of EduSpark, 2(3), 43-56.

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