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A Woman Carrying Water in the Indian Thar Desert
In the villages located in the Thar desert in Rajasthan, India, water is a scarce source. Locals sometimes have to walk many miles to get just a potful of water. Mostly this is done by womenfolk of the society.
Most of these villages are away from the major cities and as such very conservative. One of the customs that they follow quite stringently is the Purdah system. It requires the women of the community to be covered by a veil,
especially in front of men folk other than their husbands.
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||Aug. 18, 2017, 3:16 a.m.