Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Girls ditch grooms in parched Gujarat villages...

They were the most eligible bachelors in their village. Then drought struck Dedan village near Amreli and the same men suddenly turned unfit for marriage. The water crisis here has effectively extended their bachelorhood.

Parents of to-be brides have called off engagements of at least four youths in this village of around 12,000 in the past couple of months. The reason is they don't want their daughters to walk a minimum of 5 km daily just to fetch drinking water for their families.

This only shows how severe the water crisis has become in Saurashtra, and Amreli is at the forefront in the battle for survival. The district received just 56% of its average annual rainfall in 2012, as against 93% in 2011. While Amreli town itself gets drinking water every 12 days that too in some areas only, other towns and villages are witnessing fierce clashes between people and local civic authorities.

 "As soon as the girl's parents got to know about the trek for water, they cancelled the engagements," said a family member of 25-year-old Yunus Gori in Dedan. He was set to marry a girl from Palitana. Full story...

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