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'Water wives': Carrying burden in rural India

Updated 1430 GMT (2230 HKT) July 16, 2015
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Sakharam Bhagat and his three wives, (from left) Tuki, Sakhri and Bhaagi, eat lunch at their house. Polygamy is illegal and a crime in India, but Bhagat says he had no other option but to marry two more times in order to have more helping hands to get water. Omar Khan/CNN
Tuki, the first wife, washes the utensils with rainwater. Tuki looks after the house while the other two wives are responsible for getting water. Omar Khan/CNN
The women have to walk long distances for water, traveling up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) a day. The terrain is uneven and marked with steep climbs. Women from the villages of Maharashtra spend hours each day getting water. Omar Khan/CNN
Sakhri, the second wife, pulls out a container filled with water from the well. Omar Khan/CNN
Life is not easy, there is no running water and the electricity shortage is a big problem, Bhagat says, as he stands in his darkened house. Omar Khan/CNN
The women have to make at least three trips a day, starting at 5 a.m., then at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.. Each pot contains around 10-15 liters of water, forming an immense weight on the women's heads. Omar Khan/CNN
Firewood is used for cooking food in very basic conditions. Omar Khan/CNN