This could happen only in India.We felt proud a few days ago, that
But today, in
Hundreds of young men remain bachelors and hundreds of young girls prefer being sold outside the state rather than marry in their own state, the primary reason being ‘water’
Marriages are being cancelled, postponed and called-off at the last minute in the BUNDELKHAND region due to paucity of water.
Here is an example for the cancellation of the marriage.Om Prakash Tiwari, a timber merchant in Bunda, called-off his second daughter’s wedding, scheduled to be held on Sunday, because he had no water for providing the guests who will attend the marriage.He had frantically begged for water tankers but the municipal office refused to give one saying that they had no tankers for such occasions and all tankers had been kept in reserve for VIP visits.The wells in and around of his house on the outskirts of Banda have dried up and even the taps remain dry during the day.The groom’s father said that there would be over a hundred baraatis at the wedding apart from his own guests too.he had no means to provide water to the guests and so he decided to call-off the wedding at the last minute.
One Prakash Pasi, a peon in a private bank in Jalaun district also cancelled his daughter’s wedding for very ‘watery’ reasons. His daughter was to marry in Geonj village near Sankargarh in
The mere cancellation of a fixed marriage is generally considered as a bad omen and perhaps yet another marriage may not even possible for a bride.
It is an irony that North India known for its perennial rivers like Ganges and its tributaries, Brahmaputra etc, villages are facing the problems of acute water shortage and so its attendant social evils as mentioned above.
The concerned authorities should take immediate remedial steps initially on temporary basis and then provide permanent solutions. After all the ideal form of democracy is that the Government is of the people, by the people and for the people.