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Young woman in India married with five husbands, who are all brothers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2014

  • Rajo Verma, 21, lives in one room with the siblings, in Northern India
  • The young wife spends each night with a different brother in turn
  • She does not know which of siblings is the father of her young son
  • Fraternal polyandry is tradition in the small village near Dehradun


The practice of polyandry is believed to stem from the tale of Mahabharata, the ancient Eastern epic.  The text, one of the cornerstones of culture, sees Draupadi, daughter of the King of Pancha being married to five brothers. 

It is not legal, but in its most common form – whereby women in polyandrous relationships marry more than one man from the same family – it is permitted.  It tends to be practised in male dominated villages, who still follow primitive rituals and customs. Brothers who refuse the union are often treated as outcasts. 

In polyandrous families, the woman often cannot say which of her husbands fathered which children. Recently, there have been instances of DNA testing, to solve inheritance disputes.  


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	Uttrakhand, India: Five brothers (L-R) Sant Ram Verma, 28, Bajju Verma, 32, Gopal Verma, 26, Guddu Verma, 21, and Dinesh Verma, 19, with their shared wife Rajo Verma, 20, and their son Jay Verma, 1.5, together pose for a photograph outside their house in a Village in Uttrakhand, India.<br /><br /><br />


Brothers Sant Ram Verma, Bajju Verma, Gopal Verma, Guddu Verma and Dinesh Verma with their wife Rajo Verma and her 18-month-old son. She is unsure which brother is the father.

A young woman in northern India is taking brotherly love to a new level.

Rajo Verma has five husbands who are all brothers – and she sleeps with a different one every night.

“Initially it felt a bit awkward,” she told the Sun newspaper. “But I don’t favor one over the other.”



Rajo Verma shares one room with her five husbands.

The 21-year-old Verma is also not sure which one fathered her now 18-month-old son.

Verma and first husband Guddu were united in an arranged Hindu marriage four years ago, but she has since married Baiju, Sant Ram, Gopal and Dinesh. Baiju is the oldest at 32, while Dinesh is the youngest at 19. The seven of them live in one room in Dehradun.

“We all have sex with her but I’m not jealous,” first husband Guddu told the newspaper. “We’re one big happy family.”



Rajo Verma married Guddu first and later married the others, in accordance with ancient customs.

Verma married the four brothers in support of an ancient tradition called polyandry, according to the Sun.

“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,” she said. “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.”


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