Dholpur village of Rajasthan witnessed ‘baraat’ after 22 years

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New Delhi, May 5: When 23-year-old Pawan Kumar brought his bride from Madhya Pradesh to the nondescript Rajghat village in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district earlier this week on April 29, the poor villagers had much to rejoice.

The wedding bells had tolled in the village after 22 long years because no parent was willing to marry their daughter off to anyone in the village.

Why was the marriage not taking place?

For over two decades, the pathetic state of Rajghat, situated 5 km away from Dholpur town, ruled out the possibility of its eligible bachelors getting any marriage proposals. And as families were not willing to marry off their daughters to men of the village owing to unavailability of water, electricity supply & road connectivity. The last marriage took place in the village in 1996.

Situated on the banks of Chambal river, the small and dusty village – with a population of only 350 – has no roads, electricity supply, water pipelines or basic medical facilities. The lone government primary school has only a few students. When the sun sets, the village is covered in total darkness. Till recently, the villagers living in the vicinity of the river had no access to clean drinking water.

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