Photos: How Women Tie Their Toddlers To A Rock In India While They Work
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4K0goLpnxvE/VzuB9K_KGGI/AAAAAAACdik/ro4PwKxsf0kqh13PKKbngroJks8KDltXwCLcB/s1600/1a.jpeg">Fifteen month-old Shivani tugs at a plastic tape her mother has wrapped around her leg and tied to a rock at a building site in western India.
Barefoot and caked in dust, the toddler spends nine hours a day in temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) attached to the 4.5 foot (1.4 meter) tape marked "caution."
Sarta Kalara, her mother, says she has no option but to tether Shivani to the stone despite her crying, while she and her husband work for 250 rupees ($3.8) each a shift digging holes for electricity cables in the city of Ahmedabad.
"I tie her so she doesn't go on the road. My younger son is three and a half so he is not able to control her," said the 23-year old, covering her face with her sari. "This site is full of traffic, I have no option. I do this for her safety."
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