Overseas Network, April 10 - A village in India is short of water and food due to perennial drought. Local young people cant find a foreign daughter-in-law willing to marry locally. They are considering moving elsewhere.
About 5,000 people live in Ranmasale village in Solap, Maharashtra, central India. Most of them belong to the same local Maladian family and cannot intermarry with each other, the Times of India reported Wednesday. Serious water shortages have made girls from other places reluctant to marry in this arid village, said local village chief Baraji. At least 200 men aged 25 to 35 in the village have not found a daughter-in-law.
Mahesh, a 28-year-old villager who has been growing onions, has been hoping to get married for three years since the drought. He said, For three years, Ive been waiting to get married. But every time a girls family comes to my house, the difficulty of using water will never come back. It seems that I have to move somewhere else to find the bride.
The son of Rushman, a villager, was in the same dilemma. Rushman had hoped that his two sons would get married last year, but neither of them found a bride. Seven families have visited my two sons in the past year, he said. They saw open fields and wells with no water at all in my house. Every family said they would come back and send me messages, but I never received any information.
Despite the villagersbelief that the drought was serious, the local government did not classify the village as an arid area, and the villagers were therefore unable to receive assistance to alleviate the drought. Local villagers also said, Our requirements for water tankers have also been ignored. Three villagers even threatened to commit suicide by jumping out of a well on Republican Day, January 26, when the government sent a tanker on January 24.
Local officials in the city of Solap said the village was not classified as a dry area because of the fact that rainfall in the northern Solapu area, where the village is located, exceeded 75% of normal levels for two consecutive years. However, the village is eligible for all benefits, including water supply for tankers, exemption from repayment of crop loans and electricity charges. However, the local residents do not agree with this and said: This year, the precipitation in Solapu is only one third of the normal level. We only drink four pots of water a day, and the children cant take a bath and wash their school uniforms every day. Some villagers plan to seek solutions by boycotting the upcoming Indian parliamentary elections. (Zhao Wenhao, Overseas Network)