Listening to the women of Bihar

Women in Bihar

I was in the village of Byapur in Bihar state in northern India last week to join a listeners' group to the radio drama Khirki Mehndi Wali, a drama featuring the life and dilemmas of a young village woman.

I've met audiences to BBC programmes in the UK and many parts of the world, but never have I met a group for whom a BBC programme inspired so much discussion as the women Byapur.

A group of about a dozen women and their children, many of them barefoot on a very chilly morning, listened with close attention to an episode that centred on Mehndi and two male characters discussing what should be the ideal age gap between children. An animated debate followed.

Khirki Mehndi Wali is produced by the BBC's media development charity BBC Media Action, and you can read my full blog post here.

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