Life Amidst Conflict: A Case Study on the Perspectives of Women Tea Plantation Workers in Jalpaiguri District

This research delves into the difficulties women tea garden workers face in Jalpaiguri district owing to human-wildlife conflict. Cultural, religious, and gender dynamics profoundly affect women’s experiences in tea gardens amid human-wildlife conflict. Hindu doctrines, which advocate for animal compassion, influence attitudes toward wildlife. Women, restricted by conventional gender roles, are predominantly employed in tea plantations despite the dangers. Their sympathy for wildlife, particularly leopards, arises from an understanding of the animals’ struggles, such as lack of food. Nonetheless, women’s roles in rural settings increase their vulnerability, leading to concerns over safety, mental anguish, and economic difficulties.