Soaring temperatures in India have prompted men in some parts of the country to take on “water wives.”
Villages with no tap water adopt a practice involving women who move in with the family to haul water back and forth from a well. One woman handles the cooking.
“My first wife was busy with the kids. When my second wife fell sick and was unable to fetch water, I married a third,” Sakharam Bhagat, 66, told Reuters Thursday. Mr. Bhagat lives in the village of Denganmal, 85 miles outside Mumbai.
Roughly 19,000 villages in Maharashtra, India’s third-largest state, do not have easy access to clean drinking water.
“We are like sisters. We help each other. Sometimes we might have problems, but we solve them among ourselves,” Mr. Bhaget’s wife Tuki said, Reuters reported.
Although Polygamy is illegal in India, Reuters interviewed multiple villagers who said that marrying for water is considered normal.
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