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Men in Haryana demand wives in exchange for votes

Men in Haryana demand wives in exchange for votes
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Men in Haryana demand wives in exchange for votes, Political leaders in Haryana are now bearing the brunt of the prevailing poor sex ratio in the state.

Jind: Political leaders in Haryana are now bearing the brunt of the prevailing poor sex ratio in the state. Unmarried men in Jind district, where the sex ratio is the lowest (827 females per 1000 males), have raised an unusual demand with the netas – brides. And they have made it clear that they will vote for the leader who promises them a bride. They have even formed the Jind Kunwara Union to fortify their demand. The state has a sex ratio of 843.
Members of the Jind Kunwara Union
“We do not have actual figures of unmarried men but we know that brides are missing. We are paying the price for poor sex ratio,” Jind Kunwara Union office bearer Pradeep Singh said. Though Pradeep is married, he helped to form the union in 2009. The problem is not restricted to poor families, with even well-to-do families facing a similar situation.

Another reason for the demand is the business of arranging brides. Marriage bureaus charge hefty fees to arrange brides, which the poor men are not able to meet.

"A number of unmarried men from our district got married in other states but our families are not in favour of this trend. We have no demand except the brides," a resident of Uchana constituency said, requesting anonymity.

In an interesting turn of events, the Khap panchayats have supported the union’s demand for brides. Khap panchayats or Kangaroo courts are known to be very traditional and are infamous for their honour killings and imposing restrictions on women in the state. A Khap panchayat, which met in Jind in July, discussed the problem with Jat leaders from Bihar.

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