The protest march was called the “Groom Morcha” to highlight the skewed gender ratio in the state. Last year, Maharashtra’s sex ratio was recorded at 920 females per 1,000 males, according to the National Family Health Survey (2019-21).
Around 50 bachelors, wearing wedding crowns, staged a procession with drums and horses in Solapur, Maharashtra on Wednesday, December 21. However, they weren’t going for their marriages – rather they were protesting, as they were unable to “find” wives for themselves.
Around 50 men took part in the protest to highlight the issue of gender imbalance in the state. The 2 km walk was organized by the local social group, named Jyoti Kranti Parishad. The group demanded that authorities strictly enforce the Prenatal and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act 1994 (PCPNDT). This law prohibits prenatal sex determination and was established in an effort to reduce female feticide in the 1990s.
#LOOK | Maharashtra: About 50 bachelors, wearing ‘sehras’ (marriage crowns), staged a procession with drums and horses to Solapur Collector’s office, demanding implementation of the Techniques Act prenatal and prenatal diagnosis (PCPNDT) (22.12) pic.twitter.com/Q4rHNZdr9A
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All About Maharashtra Sex Ratio
Last year, Maharashtra’s sex ratio was recorded at 920 females per 1,000 males, according to the National Family Health Survey (2019-21). “The overall population sex ratio is 966 females per 1,000 males, and the sex ratio of the population under age 7 is less than 920 females per 1,000 males,” the report said.
“The current situation of eligible bachelors not getting brides is also due to the skewed male to female ratio. If there had been proper implementation of the PCPNDT law, the situation would have been better,” Jyoti Kranti Parishad Chairman Ramesh Baraskar told ANI news agency.
Baraskar added that the march was called the “Groom Morcha” to highlight the skewed gender ratio in the state.
He added that while some would scoff at the march, the reality on the ground is that many men are not finding wives due to lack of women, which has been artificially caused by female feticide, PTI reported.
Many marching men added that gender-determination tests were still taking place despite the practice having been banned for nearly 20 years at this point.
Another reason given by protesters was that “no woman wants to marry a man who lives in a rural area”. Shilvant Kshirsagar, 29, who runs a dairy business, said so far there have been 25 marriage proposals for him, but in most cases the wife’s side rejected the proposal after learning that he doesn’t live in a city and doesn’t have a job.
First post: STI