Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Prostitution-the noble Indian custom?

just when we thought the primitive Devadasi system was eradicated for good, out comes the little Bhedia community of Rajasthan which willingly sends its little girls away to red light areas in the big bad cities as a custom!

"The girls are mostly aged between 12 and 15, though some are as young as 10. They stand at the roadside along with their fathers and brothers who fix the 'price' for them."

' "Girl children in the Bedia community in Ghatoli and surrounding villages are sent to the cities to their sisters, aunts or mothers who are already in the flesh trade. They are continuously tutored right from the childhood so that they are mentally prepared to enter sex work," Shyama said.

Fathers and brothers visit the girls at regular intervals in the cities to collect the earnings. Some families have even built multi-storeyed houses with such money.

If a child is born out of wedlock to a Bedia prostitute, families bring the baby back to the village. And if the baby happens to be a girl, then there are celebrations - for it means an additional 'earning member' for the family in another 10 or 12 years.'


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