Rajo Verma, 21, lives in a one-room shack with all five, sleeping with a different one each night on a rota. The housewife has no idea which one is the father of her toddler son. She said: “Initially it felt a bit awkward. But I don’t favour one over the other.”
Husband Guddu, 21
– the first to make her his bride insisted: “We all have sex with her
but I’m not jealous. We’re one big happy family.” Guddu and Rajo got
married in an arranged Hindu marriage four years ago and he remains her
only official spouse.
the custom in their village is she had to take as husbands his brothers
Bajju, 32, Sant Ram, 28, Gopal, 26, and Dinesh – who married her last
year when he turned 18.
Eldest brother Bajju said: “I consider her
my wife and sleep with her like my brothers.” Rajo cooks, cleans and
looks after 18-month-old Jay while her hubbies go out to work in
Dehradun, northern India.
She said of the ancient tradition,
called polyandry: “My mother was also married to three brothers so when I
got wed I knew I had to accept all of them as my husbands.
“I sleep with them in turn. We don’t have beds, just lots of blankets on the floor.
“I get a lot more attention and love than most wives.”