The status of women in the hill area usually depends on the economic roles they play. The tibtian in the past were usually forest dwellers and their livelihoods depended to a great extent on food-gathering. More than men, women walked long distances to fetch wood and fodder. Besides, they also collected fruits, roots and tubers, lac, gums and leaves for self-consumption and sale. The men also helped them by collecting timber and logs.
Sandakphu, Dt. Derjeeling, West Bengal, India
Sudipta Dutta Chowdhury