A Dalit labourer from a village in Washim district of Maharashtra’s drought-hit Vidarbha, anguished over being denied access to water by upper caste people, dig his own well.
A resident of Kolambeshwar village in Malegaon taluka, the wife of Bapurao Tajne, was not allowed to fetch water from a well by villagers as she belongs to dalit family.
In the anger of taking revenge, Tajne took it upon himself to dig a well in his village and to satisfy the thirst of the entire Dalit population of the area now. After completing the digging, he was pleasantly surprised to find water.
"I felt fortunate to have discovered abundantly available ground water after his hard work", Bapurao told.
“I was ridiculed by my family among others, but I was determined,” Tajne said.