Sorkhi is just 150 KMs west of New Delhi.
Bride Shortage in North India Drives Men to Look Far Afield
- In this Aug. 13, 2015, photo, Anita Berwal, from the Indian southern state of Kerala and is married to Sadhuram Berwal who is from the northern Indian state of Haryana, sits with their daughter at their home in Sorkhi village, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of New Delhi. To marry her, Berwal's husband traveled 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) from his home state of Haryana known for its shortage of brides -- the direct consequence of the skewed gender ratio in the state, due to sex-selective abortions in a society where many families prize boys over girls, mostly for economic reasons. (AP Photo
SORKHI, India: When Sadhuram Berwal wanted to get married, his family went about it in the traditional Indian way, asking relatives, neighbors and local temple priests to suggest a young woman. But after an extensive search among women of his caste in his area, no suitable bride could be found.
A larger factor had narrowed the field sharply: a skewed male-female ratio that is particularly pronounced in his home state of Haryana, in India's north, due to sex-selective abortions in a society where many families prize boys over girls, mostly for economic reasons.
Through a friend, Berwal eventually found a woman 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) to the south, in the state of Kerala, who was willing to marry him. But with a different language and profoundly different customs, she was overwhelmed by her new life.
That dramatic decision more than 10 years ago shocked his village of Sorkhi at the time but has become increasingly common these days in northern India, where the dearth of eligible women is starkest.
In Sorkhi, buffaloes roam the dirt roads, winding their way to a massive pond, the main feature of the sleepy village. Women go by driving slow-moving oxcarts, loaded with grass and other fodder for cattle. It's as if life has not changed over the decades in Sorkhi's bucolic routine, although the village of 7,000 is just 150 kilometers (95 miles) west of New Delhi, India's capital.
What has changed, however, is the glaring shortage of young women, says Om Prakash, a retired school teacher and influential village elder.
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