No Water, No Daughter

The impact of climate change in India now extends to weddings.
 
In rural regions, families of young women are rejecting the proposals of suitors, whose earning prospects as farmers or laborers have become increasingly dim due to drought-ruined crops and dry reservoirs.
 
“The parents usually tell me “no water, no daughter,” says a farm laborer whose multiple proposals have been rejected.
 
In the Bundelkhand region, which typically receives 52 days of rain annually, the number of rain days has been halved in the past 5 years. Water scarcity is also driving residents to cities and depleting the community’s population, experts say.
 
Thomson Reuters Foundation News

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