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Indian Devadasis part 1/2

By Murali Krishnan in New Delhi

The Devadasi system is a religious practice in south India mostly prevalent in Karnataka and Telangana, and partly in Andhra Pradesh. Parents, mostly from poor communities of the untouchable class, marry off their daughters to a local deity or a temple.

It was a practice that existed for more than 5,000 years.

Once dedicated, a girl is considered to be married to the goddess and is never allowed to marry a man.

When the girl reaches physical maturity, she is then forced to begin her life as a prostitute. Though the Indian government banned the practice in 1988, it still continues clandestinely.

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