Beed, Feb 28: As Maharashtra’s Marathwada region is looking at long dry months and widespread drought, the women of Majalgaon village in the district have come up with a novel idea to attract the government’s attention towards their financial condition. A group of 25 young women from the village have decided to give up on marriage because of the poor financial condition of their families. This comes after reports in the media said that as many as 50 farmers have committed suicide in the month of February this year alone.

In January this year, the Bombay High Court had sought reports from the state government about the above 80 farmer suicides reported in the that month from the region of Marathwada alone. With February’s count, the death toll for this year has climbed to 139 suicides. The suicides are being reported after to pay off debts due to recurrent crop failures. Beed’s women’s decision to not get married comes as they want to save their parents, especially their farmer fathers the trouble of worrying about spending huge amounts of money on their weddings. Also Read: Congress wants Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to undergo “counselling” for failing to stop farmer suicides

Speaking to ANI about her decision to remain unarried, one of the women, Savita said, “My parents hardly make 30,000 a year as this area has been drought-hit since 2-3 yrs.” Another woman Sarita from the group added,”There are 20-25 girls in this village and we all have decided to not marry. We want government to help us.” Beed, along with Nanded and Osmanabad, have been the worst affected by droughts in Marathwada. The three districts have seen a total of 65 farmer suicides this year alone and the number accounts for almost half the total number of suicides.