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Brides of the well – access to clean water

WaterAid: Brides of the well

Globally, one in nine people lack access to clean water. India has a staggering 163 million people – and roughly 81 million women – living without clean water close to home, making it the country with the highest population without this basic resource.

Growing up in India, acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapur saw the striking contrast between those struggling to find a reliable, clean water source, while across the road, wealthier homes had endless supplies on tap.

Collaborating with WaterAid, Shekhar tells the story of two teenage girls, Saraswati and Paras in Northern India, who walk 8 hours a day to collect water for their new husbands. Although a fictional story, it is based on the very real, interlinked issues of poverty, lack of access to water and child marriage.

The global water crisis affects women and girls disproportionately. Throughout their lives, they bear the burden of walking long distances to collect water. This often forces them to drop out of school from an early age, missing out on their education and – in some cases – making them vulnerable to child marriage.

Every year, 12 million girls across the world are married before the age of 18. In India, according to its National Family Health Survey (2015-16), 8% of women aged between 15 and 19 were already mothers or pregnant at the time of the survey, and 27% of women aged 20 to 24 were married before their 18th birthday.

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