Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Woman married to 5 brothers

A young Indian woman has spoken out about being married to five husbands, all of whom are brothers.
Rajo Verma, 21, lives in one room with the siblings and they sleep on blankets on the floor.
The mother-of-one, who sleeps each night with a different brother, does not know which of her five related husbands is the father of her 18-month-old son.
The set-up may seem peculiar, but it is tradition in the small village near Dehradun, Northern India, for women to also marry the brothers of their first husband.
She told the Sun: “Initially it felt a bit awkward. But I don’t favour one over the other.”
Rajo and first husband Guddu wed in an arranged Hindu marriage four years ago.
Since then she has married Baiju, 32, Sant Ram, 28, Gopal, 26, and Dinesh, 19 – the latest in the line of husbands – who married her as soon as he turned 18.
“We all have sex with her but I’m not jealous,” first husband Guddu  – who remains the only official spouse – said. “We’re one big happy family.”
The ancient Hindu tradition of polyandry was once widely practiced in India, but is now only observed by a minority.
It sees a woman take more than one husband, typically in areas, which are male dominated.
In fraternal polyandry the woman is expected to marry each of her original husband’s brothers.
It is thought to have arisen from the popular Sanskrit epic of Mahabharatha, which sees Draupadi, daughter of the King of Pancha being married to five brothers.
The practice is also believed to be a way of keeping farming land in the family.
It is most commonly found near the Himalayas in the north of the country, as well as in the mountainous nation of Tibet.
While the advance of modernity has seen the archaic practice largely die out in most areas, the shortage of women in countries such as China and India has helped keep it alive as a solution to young men’s difficulties in finding a wife.

  • Izak Cowdry

    Its hard for me to believe this is happening in 2013. I thought we left those days behind us.

  • Izak Cowdry

    That part of India is still in the 1700s , seems to me. So much for progress.

  • Bokamanush

    Modern Draupadi. If she can handle, its their private affair.

  • Dev Saha

    How about the notion of a comfort man? Do you think society will fall apart? Good for goose but not so good for gander? Do you think woman is some sort of non-fleshy sexual object?

  • Tasaffy Hossain

    The need to identify father’s lineage is a social need, not biological. Contracting sexual diseases can happen both with having multiple sexual female partners as well as multiple male ones. I am sorry, but your argument is just the view of a male-dominated society, not a biological one.

  • Tasaffy Hossain

    A very vague picture drawn and reported. One of the major reasons that polygamous relationships in India and China has risen with one female-multiple male partners is a form of abuse, is foeticide of girls. Most women do not even have a choice, are “sold” to a family and “forced” to mate with all the men in the house. This definitely needed much more indepth analysis!

  • Random

    Ageist much?

  • coco

    If i was still practiced as the ancient times, that would have eliminate female infanticide because parents would see the values in having daughters and also prevent so many gang rapes, child molesting, prostitutions

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