The Tiger Widows Of Sundarbans That Fight Disgrace As “Husband-Eaters”; Aatreyee Dhar; ED Times

India – Sundarbans National Park

Around 1,000 men have been killed by the man-eaters in the past few years while they ventured into the dense forests to relieve themselves or in search of honey and wood.

The mangroves of Sunderbans– A UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only home to one of the largest populations of the Royal Bengal tiger but also to the tragic stories of the tiger widows who have battled impoverished lives with the loss of their husbands.

Around 1,000 men have been killed by the man-eaters in the past few years while they ventured into the dense forests to relieve themselves or in search of honey and wood.

The fringes of the beautiful yet dangerous delta stood witness to the Royal Carnivore redirecting their hunts to the nearby villages facing scarcity of prey.

A 60-year old Panchami Naya’s son was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger after her husband died of snake-bite wounds. Bordering on the life of abject poverty, Shibani Mistry’s husband went crab-fishing ahead of a religious festival only to return dead from a tiger attack.

Source: The Tiger Widows Of Sundarbans That Fight Disgrace As “Husband-Eaters”

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