12 Oct '11, 1pm

In a remote village in India, there are hundreds of unmarried men because there aren't enough women to marry

SIYANI (India) - Nearly two dozen men building a temple in this remote farming village lay down their tools at midday and walk through the dusty streets to a shed where they are joined by another group of men - and start eating a meal cooked by a man. They live, eat and sleep together, sharing mattresses on the bare floor of an empty room the way a married couple usually would. All but a handful are unmarried - a living example of India's rapidly worsening gender imbalance. Census data released earlier this year revealed there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys born - a sharp fall since 2001 when the ratio was 933 girls for every 1000 boys. "I have been looking to marry since I was 15," said Mr Vinodbhai Mehtaliya, a 23-year-old Siyani farmer. A decades-old Indian preference for male children, who are seen as breadwinners, has led to the skewed ratio, aided by cheap ultras...

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