Where no water means no brides
Jhala is a rich cotton farmer who is facing this unique social crisis as his village reels under long dry spells.india Updated: May 22, 2006 17:44 IST
Thirty seven-year-old Kamajibhai Jhala desperately looks for a bride and is even ready to wed a tribal or a widow as severe water shortage has triggered a social problem in this village-acute shortage of brides.
Jhala is a rich cotton farmer who is facing this unique social crisis as his village reels under long dry spells which has discouraged several neighbouring villagers from marrying their daughters to men in this waterless village.
"I can afford anything and have a tractor, good crops and all requirements. However, there is no water in my well or any of the taps and this has been the sole reason why several families have rejected my wedding proposal", Kamajibhai said.
This is not a problem faced only by Kamjibhai. Over 500 other eligible bachelors just wait and hope that the next day brings in water and thus makes way for a wife.
This has been a 15-year-old problem for this village and so far they have been surviving with the help of government-sent water tankers, one well for the entire village of 11,000, even though the village is just 130 km from Ahmedabad.
First Published: May 22, 2006 15:45 IST