Dalit wife denied water access, husband builds one for her
There are some crucial factors in life which change the way you think and approach life. So is the story of Bapurao Tajne, whose wife was denied water and humiliated by a well owner, which in turn drove him to dig a whole new well for her. All this happened in Kalambeshwar village of Washim district which is severely drought struck at the moment. In this time of water scarcity, when a lot of people are deprived of clean water for consumption and other purposes, a well owner slammed Tajne’s wife the access to water just because she hailed from a Dalit Tribe.
The humiliation pinched Tajne so bad, that he took off for something which generally doesn’t happen everyday, he dug a well which is a 4-6 people’s job. Just because he comes from a Dalit family and is a laborer who works day and night for his family’s livelihood, he was mocked, discouraged and looked down by people in the starting days of his digging.
Though he had never dug a well before, he devoted six hours daily for 40 days until he struck water. No one, not even his family members, helped him. It was such an uneven incident taking place among the people, they thought that Tajne had gone crazy. The geography of the nearby places being rocky elevations and dried bore wells made the people mock him more. But it was nothing, not the people, not their taunts, not them being judgmental which could have stopped this brave man who believed in standing up for a cause and proving people’s close-minded attitude wrong.
“I don’t want to name the well owner for I don’t want bad blood in the village. However, I feel that he insulted us because we are poor and Dalits. I came home that day in March and almost cried. I resolved never to beg for water from anybody. I went to Malegaon (the closest town) and bought tools and within an hour I started digging,” Tajne told to sources.
There was no hydrological study to select the spot, Tajne went by instinct. “I prayed fervently to God before starting the job. I am thankful that my effort has been rewarded,” he said.
Tajne is someone who survives on a daily wage and definitely couldn’t afford to give up work for digging a well. He worked with valor for four hours before leaving for work and two hours on return. He displayed dauntlessness by working for 14 hours a day almost without a break during those 40 days. “It is difficult to explain what I felt in those days. I just wanted to provide water for my whole locality so that we Dalits did not have to beg for water from other castes,” said the labourer, who has also attained education up to final year of BA.
Now, the entire Dalit locality of the village is drawing water from his well and do not have to face humiliation/discrimation by depending and begging on others.
How seldom and delightful it is to see someone attain which a lot of people just dream about because of not believing in themselves. Bapurao Tajne is definitely an example of self belief and valor through which he made a difference in the lives of a lot of people.