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4 Jun. 2015
Sakhri, second wife of Sakharam Bhagat, carries an... more
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4 Jun. 2015
DENGANMAL, India
Sakhri, second wife of Sakharam Bhagat, carries an empty metal pitcher as she walks to fetch water from a well outside her village in Denganmal, Maharashtra, India, April 20, 2015. In Denganmal, a village in Maharashtra state, some men take a second or third wife just to make sure their households have enough drinking water. Becoming what are known as "water wives" allows the women, often widows or single mothers, to regain respect in conservative rural India by carrying water from the well quite some distance from the remote village. When the water wife, who does not usually share the marital bed, becomes too old to continue, the husband sometimes takes a third and younger spouse to fetch the water in metal pitchers or makeshift containers. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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