Images of India : India’s Water Wives…

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In rural India, where water is a scarce resource, one of the reasons men marry multiple times – often illegally – is to have one more person to fetch water from far off places. As the first wife ages and is restricted in her ability to fetch enough water for the household, the man takes on another younger wife and so it continues to a 3rd and a 4th wife. An extreme manifestation of patriarchy coupled with poverty and the subjugation of women.