Women Of Tarihal Village Climb Down 40-50 ft in a Well To Fetch Water!
Recently, most parts of India have been hit by severe drought that has caused failure of major crop production. Women have been fetching water from a nearby well and other water bodies. The small farmers, not being able to cop up with the loss, resort to extremist solutions like suicide as a result.
Women in far off Tarihal village in Karnataka go 40 to 50 ft down to fetch water! Severe shortage of water and acute drought have forced these women to climb down the only well in the village to fetch water. This is a traditional well built in old style – with uneven rocks. Women wait in the long queues in the sunny mornings to fill water. They use ropes to climb down the well which is 50 ft and fill water with a mug and send back the pot to the top where other women usually stand waiting.
Severe shortage of water and acute drought have forced these women to resort to such extreme means. Parts of Karnataka have been hit with a severe drought. Since January 2015, more than 1,000 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka. Reports suggest that they have been unable to cope with the relentless combination of drought and debt.
Apart from this particular well, there is also a lake and four other wells in this small village of Karnataka. But the drought has caused the water level go down in all these water bodies. Some of them have even dried up. The government is taking initiatives to improve the situation of the village commoners. The government has been sending water in tankers to the village. But surprisingly, the villagers have complained that water isn’t fit for consumption.
“They think water supplied through tanker is hard and not good for consumption. Hence, they are fetching the water from wells,” said the gram panchayat officers.