Lone Dalit Man Digs A Well In 40 Days Just For His Wife

By: Gaurav Bidasaria, 2016-05-10 04:00:00.0Category:  Exemplar
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If there is a will, there surely is a way and one man has proved this age long saying true. His wife was denied water from the common well because he was a dalit, the man vowed vengeance - dug a well in 40 days just for her.

You are probably not shocked to hear this because in India, caste system is still taken very very seriously and the concept of age long lower caste vs. upper caste is largely running rampant. Tajne resides in Kambaleshwar, a small village in Maharashtra and one of the many villages of India which has been hit by a drought due to a severe heat wave. Normally it takes 4-5 men to dig a well, but when his wife was insulted and refused water, he had little choice left.  

Bapurao Tajne, a daily wage labourer from a small village in Maharashtra had to work 6 hours a day to achieve the feat. Denied to access to drinking water from a common well in a drought hit village as  t hey were Dalits, Tajne started digging for 6 hours a day apart from working his regular day job as a labourer. His family members thought he has gone crazy. But Tajne was determined and hit ground water after 40 days. His schedule was to work for 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. 

When asked what motivated him to do it, Tajne says that he wanted to make sure that his family as well as other Dalit families will never have to "beg for water" again from other caste people. His family on the other refused to help him. 

"I did not help him a bit until he struck water. Now the whole family, except the two kids, helps him as he deepens and widens the well. It is already 15 feet deep and Bapurao wants to dig 5 feet further. It is 6 feet wide at the top and he wants to make it 8 feet wide. We are hoping our neighbours will help us in this task,"

His efforts have been recognized by the Sarpanch and word is quickly getting around. Hopefully, more wells will be dug and everyone will get what they deserve.

Via - ToI

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