外文标题：Have 3 wives to deal with water crisis: Official
BHOPAL: A sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand region has suggested polygamy to overcome water crisis in the parched land.
"One wife for giving birth to kids and other two to fetch water," Jatara SDM B K Pandey said while addressing a gathering at Lidhora village on Monday.
"I happened to pass by village Bairwar in Jatara block few days ago and saw women fetching water at 2 in the night.''
He described water crisis a major problem. "Those who are resourceful will have three wives, if they want to drink water. However, those who are not resourceful cannot afford three wives.''
Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh encompasses districts of Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Panna, Damoh and Sagar, which have been grappling with water shortage for years.
The problem accentuates in summers despite hundreds of crores spent as part of Bundelkhand package launched a few years back to put in place infrastructure including for water.
When the SDM was making the bizarre statement, he was asked whether there were enough women in Bundelkhand, know for its low sex ratio.
Pandey replied: "Yes, it is true. The number of women in Bundelkhand is less.'' He blamed Jhansi, a neighbouring district in Uttar Pradesh, for the gender imbalance.
"What he did not mention is sex determination and female infanticide in Jhansi," said Nishant Vyas of Social Media Foundation, an NGO.
There are many places in Madhya Pradesh's five Bundelkhand districts, where people avoid marrying their daughters because of water crisis.
"They know their daughters will have to walk long distances to fetch water,'' Vyas added.
A woman murdered another at a public tap in Damoh last month, highlighting the magnitude of the problem.
raghunadharao k (Unknown)
Officials should think twice before they talk. Though he might have said it as a joke he has insulted all, by his words
Sudhanshu Kumar Ashwini (Muzaffarpur)
I hope it was a judicial satire to make people aware of problems. IT was like tagging all problem in one saying, Save water and Save girls. However, Embedded in this is a Idiotic mindset, Only women will fetch water. Sad to see, Parents delaying daughter marriage so they could fetch water. Such division of labor makes no sense. However, Better would have been SDM giving a serious lecture on Rainwater harvesting and How to implement it.
BJP and it's idology