When she got the phone call, Shraddha Bhaskar was five kilometres away in Tiwaripur village, distributing copies of Khabar Lahariya (News Waves). It’s her third year working as a reporter for the Awadhi-language edition of the weekly paper, which is run by a collective of rural female journalists from marginalised communities.
Khabar Lahariya, which describes itself as a weapon of the weak, was founded in 2002 by Nirantar, a Delhi-based women’s rights organisation. It was set up to report local news from India’s notoriously patriarchal belt – covering Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar – through a feminist lens. The eight-page weekly now comes out in four regional dialects of Hindi and sells 6,000 copies across 600 villages."
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