The ongoing worst drought in 100 is tough enough, now there are reports that the women in the household and girl children could be facing even greater hardships. Women have to fetch water and provide food for the family. Very likely, the lady of the house is the first to wake up, she walks the farthest to get water, she eats last – might not get enough and sleeps last. Young girls are being pulled from school to get fetch water or to take care of younger ones in the home while the mother gets water. Some men are reportedly marrying multiple times, even though polygamy is illegal – the “paaniwaali bai” can help fetch water. We don’t have facts to say if these are isolated cases or more common? But in every case the women and girls could be subjected to real hardship.
- 24 May 2016