In Jaisalmer Village Men Have Two Wives, Because, ‘Second Wife Gives Birth To Son’

Several men of Ramdeyo-Ki-Basti in Jaisalmer claim to be happily married twice over, thanks to their tradition of having two wives. Ramdeyo-Ki-Basti is a small village with a total population of 946 (2011 Census), in Derasar gram panchayat in the desert district.

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Men in about half of the households in the village have married twice and are living with both their wives together. Most of them claim that they had little choice but to remarry as their first wife failed to conceive or gave birth to daughters. The trend though is mostly restricted to the older generation and not to the current generation.


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