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Meena, the ‘raj mistry’, sets new standards


Ambika Pandit| TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 18:42 IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meena Ahirwar is setting new standards as she goes about building homes and supervising work at construction sites in her role as a head mason.
  • The “raj mistry” holds a place of prominence in the hierarchy of labourers where men continue to dominate the work profile.

NEW DELHI: Defying patriarchy and breaking into a carefully guarded male bastion, Meena Ahirwar is setting new standards as she goes about building homes and supervising work at construction sites in her role as a “raj mistry“, or head mason.

Meena Ahirwar and her husband respond calmly to the ‘shock and awe’ her ‘raj mistry’ status often evokes. (TOI photo)

Right now, she is part of the construction team building a three-storey house in Hari Nagar. From layering neatly laid out rows of bricks with cement and checking the column strength for durability to keeping a watch over the junior mason and the helpers, Meena’s confidence on site shows she is no less than the men on the job.

Masonry is classified as skilled labour and commands a higher daily wage. The “raj mistry” holds a place of prominence in the hierarchy of labourers where men continue to dominate the work profile.

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