[:en]Inside Indian village that’s dwelling to ‘3,000 tiger widows’ who declare beasts picked off their husbands one after the other[:]
THOUSANDS of girls dwelling in an Indian village declare tigers have picked off their husbands one after the other.
The “tiger widows” dwelling in South 24 Parganas in India say their husbands have been mauled to loss of life whereas venturing deep into the jungle to catch fish and crabs and gather honey.
Pradip Chatterjee, president of the Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Discussion board, instructed Vice News that 3,000 girls had been left widowed after their husbands have been killed by tigers.
He stated it was a “average estimate”.
Villagers reportedly stated there have been not less than 60 deaths from tiger assaults within the space since April final yr.
Males have returned to the area from greater cities the place they work as migrant labourers.
Mr Chatterjee stated working within the jungle can deliver as much as 700 rupees (£7), in comparison with simply £2 for labouring work.
They then enter into restricted areas, placing themselves in peril of being attacked by endangered Bengal tigers.
The mangroves within the forest are crucial habitats for the tigers.
Of the 60,000 staff within the jungle, Chatterjee stated that solely one-quarter of them have permits to work.
He stated: “They do not ask for compensation fearing authorized motion. They’re even scared to report deaths.”
Tapas Das, who’s the sector director of the Sundarban tiger reserve, stated solely 21 official deaths from tiger maulings have been reported, whereas solely 4 qualify for compensation.
The Indian authorities solely gives compensation the place deaths occurred exterior no-entry zones.
Haridasi Mandal’s husband Haren, 46, was killed by a tiger in 2014.
She stated her eldest son has began working in the identical space, and that she “lives with the concern of shedding one other member of the household to the forest”.
Sulata Mandal, 35, stated her husband Sujit was killed whereas fishing in April final yr.
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She said: “My children have made me promise to never go to the forest again. But I am earning very little now doing these odd jobs.
“Unless I find an option to make enough to run the house, I will have to go back to the forests.”
According to the Indian government, around 40 to 50 people are killed by tiger attacks annually.