The men in Haryana state's Jind district say they cannot find wives and have formed the "Jind Kunwara Union" (Jind Bachelors Union) to formalise their demand to politicians campaigning for state elections on Oct. 15, the paper said.
"We do not have exact numbers of unmarried men but we know that brides are missing. We are paying the price for (the) poor sex ratio," the Union's office bearer, Pradeep Singh, was quoted as saying.
Decades of illegal abortions in this deeply patriarchal society have led to a fall in the female population in some parts of India, and this in turn has resulted in a rise in rape, human trafficking and polyandry, experts say.
Because of the strong preference for sons, the sex ratio in Jind stands at 871 females per 1,000 males compared with the national average of 940, according to the 2011 census."
Read article by Nita Bhalla from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.