9-year drought: Men protest after women turn down marriage proposals

If you thought it’s only Kenyan women who seemingly are no longer interested in getting married, think again. Frustrated by their lack of marriage prospects, a group of single and lonely men in the Turkish village of Uzumlu took to the streets last week to protest.

According to Turkish media reports, the rate at which local women in the remote village have been turning down marriage proposals threw the young men into panic.

Most of the women, perhaps bored with village life and men, are reported to have been complaining that they do not want to be trapped in such a place forever, so they have been opting to get married elsewhere or remain unmarried.

The men felt the local women were being unreasonable and a video on CNNTurk.com website, seen by Crazy Monday shows them marching through the village with banners, chanting slogans and urging the local girls to accept village life.

The last wedding in Uzumlu is said to have taken place nine years ago, and since then the population of the village has dwindled from 400 to 233.

According to Mayor Mustafa Bashbilan, many women have chosen to move away from the village to cities like Istanbul and Ankara, but the men stayed behind to care for their inherited farm lands.

Tough village life

He added that the lack of prospective wives has made the men unhappy, although they are economically well off.

Reportedly, this is not the first time the men are protesting. In this most recent protest, 25 men aged between 25 and 45 marched through the village carrying banners, demanding that the women come to terms with village life.

One banner appealed to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan for help. Erdogan has been severely criticised for opposing birth control and asking women to bear at least three or more children.

The men held up placards during the protest, one of which promised to impregnate their future wives with five or more children each.

But while that might please the president, it is unlikely to change the minds of the footloose women of Uzumlu.