Delhi High Court Women Lawyers Forum has decided to observe a one-day fast on National Farmer's Day/ Kisan Diwas , in support of the ongoing protests against the three farm laws.
The lawyers have demanded that the farm laws, said to be hastily passed by the Parliament, should be repealed. Along with this, the lawyers have also stated that the corporate bigwigs, who are motivated by profits, will take decisions which will have an adverse effect on the food security of the country, as well as the cropping patterns as these will now be determined by the needs of the international market, rather than those of the domestic market. "We also believe that dismantling the regulatory mechanism of Minimum Support Price and permitting big corporates to negotiate with small farmers, who lack the means to enforce or negotiate contracts especially due to the absence of effective legal aid and judicial infrastructure in rural India and the prohibitive distance of High Courts and Supreme Court, these laws would usher in a new era of feudalism, where farmers will be reduced to corporate serfs on their own lands.", the forum said.
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, stated the lawyers. Further, the lawyers also stated that the economy of India is in shambles due to the coronavirus and that the whole country relied on agriculture for its sustenance.
While the Government had claimed that these Acts had been introduced to bring about a positive change, the farmers disagree, as they fear that these Acts will affect their livelihood severely.