Marriage proposals from eligible bachelors from an Uttar Pradesh village are being turned down for the lack of electricity and acute water shortage, so much so that the hinterland is now called the ‘village of bachelors’.
The men from Shri Tara Majra, just 35 km south off Allahabad have not only been rejected by the women from the Allahabad’s rural land but even from the interiors of neighbouring districts like Pratapgarh, Kaushambi and Chitrakoot as life in Majra village is full of hardships.
The village, with a population of less than 1,000, has 50 bachelors between the age of 18 to 29 years hunting for brides.
The village has no electricity and only one hand pump, installed in the year 2002. The hand pump is the single source of water in the village as water in the only well is unusable.
Even the children despise the village as their friends from other villages mock at them. “We become a laughing stock among children at other villages when they learn that we are living without electricity”, said a child.
Though the authorities concerned and people’s representatives have promised to look into the matter, nothing positive has emerged yet.