Water Wives!


Denganmal is a typical village in India’s western Maharashtra state. It is known for something the ‘urban India’ might never be able to understand. Men in this village go about marrying women for a reason that is as bizarre as it is heartbreaking.

Dubbed ‘water wives’, these women come into polygamous arrangements to spend their lives fulfilling one critical need for their families – Water.


Women here are married to older men – many of them already married – and their sole purpose is to provide the family with a pair of hands that will fetch water, often walking great distances to do so.


This short film, produced for ActionAid India, takes you into the lives of three women, who bear the brunt of an unjust, unfair system. Men take a second or third wife, whose duty it is to fetch drinking water for the family from a far-away well. This short film directed by Jaydeep Sarkar, written by Swati Bhattacharya. Each minute of the short will reveal to you a story, that is evocative and poignant.



8 thoughts on “Water Wives!

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  2. Polygamy is not something new to India. I feel women in such marriages have been doing many things and in this case they serve the family to get “water” but it has been made a news by sensational media as “water wives.”

    Thanks for sharing.

    Anand 🙂


    1. I agree with you, Anand!
      polygamy is nothing new to India. its history goes back to the Vedic period.
      there have always been polygamy marriages.
      but that could be accepted in that time. now it’s the 21st century. it can’t be digested now especially when your sole purpose behind marriage is to avail some more hands to work for you.
      it raises many questions. 🙂

      thanks for your kind feedback. 🙂
      love and light ❤
      Vikram 🙂

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