Where Virginity Is For Sale in India #Vaw #devdasi

Posted: April 7, 2013 by sakshikumarindia in Uncategorized

Virginity for Sale!



By Joanna Sugden, http://blogs.wsj.com/

Joanna Sugden for The Wall Street Journal
Bheemakka, 11, in ‘Bandhavi’, Koppal, Karnataka.

In Koppal, an impoverished district in Karnataka, virginity is for sale.

When girls dedicated in local temples under the illegal devadasi system hit puberty, their virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Traditionally girls in this district in south India undergo an 11-day purification ceremony following the onset of menstruation. The “first maturity” ceremony, as they call it in Koppal, marks the transition into womanhood.

Bheemakka, who doesn’t have a surname because she doesn’t know who her father is, went through the puberty ritual in March, but she wasn’t sold.

The 11-year-old’s mother and grandmother are both devadasis, which means female servants of god. They were dedicated to the Hindu deity Yellamma as children and sold off after hitting puberty. They have been used by the men in their village for…

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  1. Ramdas Narawng says:

    What if an already married man keeps a devdassi as his second unmarried wife and agrees to provide her for all her life like his wife. This way the poor girl will have to sleep with only one man and she will not have to face the agony of living a sad life once she becomes older than 40. The Govt. should promulgate a law wherein this will be made legal and this marriage given due weight age and the girl/woman given rights to the property of the man she stays with. This may go a long way in curbing prostitution – this is my feeling. You can expand on my above inference since there are many links to this which may prove beneficial to Devdasi clan.

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