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Bundelkhand's Kasturi digs well for 40 houses after being insulted and denied water
In a very apt response to insult and setting an example for millions, a tribal woman in Uttar Pradesh's parched Bundelkhand has dug a well almost single-handedly for around 40 houses. She has done it after facing an insult and following a conflict with her upper caste neighbours, who allegedly denied them access to a hand-pump.

"We are tribals and lived in Duddhi village. But we were not allowed to use the hand-pump by the upper caste residents. Arranging for a pot of drinking water was an everyday battle we had to face for the quest of survival," said Kasturi, as per a report in Times of India.

Well, this wasn't an overnight effort that brought fruitful result to Kasturi but of years of struggle. In fact, all this started about 5 years ago, when she was certain that she will no longer take the 'insult'. Kasturi informed her kids that she would relocate to a different place and soon built a hut near a forest area, despite being opposed by her kids.

"Everyone thought that I have lost my balance. Some in fact started calling me names. Though I was happy, the problem of drinking water (however) persisted."

Kasturi had struggled a lot for every drop of water. The only way of the life-saving resource for her was a Jhir (leaky water from rocks). The process was difficult and involved her to collect water drop by drop. Moreover, it wasn't a steady source since it often required an entire day to collect a single pot of water.

Then came a moment when Kasturi had to go two days without water. That's when she took a pledge to dig a well. But then it wasn't as easy as she thought. Kasturi began digging out at various places but in vain. "Each time I thought I would not take it further but then I had no option."

Kasturi

Finally, in January this year, she tried again. Fortunately, she wasn't alone this time. In fact, she was accompanied by her sons, daughters-in-law and daughter.

"By April, about 40 tribal families were on the job. In the mid of June, a 25 feet deep well was ready but there was no water. Still we decided to dig it further thinking that rain water would be conserved during monsoon. However, a week later, we hit a rock and water oozed out."

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