THE DEVADASI SYSTEM …
The word ‘Devadasi’ might connote ’Servant of god’, but in reality a girl child who is dedicated to the goddess is no more than a prostitute. For centuries the repressive tradition of Devadasi system has been prevailing in many parts of India.
It is a practice among lower caste people who worship a female deity called ‘Yellamma’ or ‘Huligamma’. Fear of diseases, curses, and superstitious beliefs force parents to dedicate their daughters to the goddess. A Devadasi is not allowed to marry, but is expected to satisfy the lust of any man, for that is her religious duty.
Hundreds of young women have been devastated by a system that forces them into prostitution. The children of Devadasies have no one whome they can rightfully call their father.
PLIGHT OF THE DEVADASIES
Devadasies support their family by prostitution and suffer from social isolation and stigma. Many are exploited and introduced into the flesh trade in the red light areas of Pune, Mumbai and Arab countries. Starvation, venereal diseases and AIDS await them as they grow older and drive them into begging. Their children have no father and they also enter in the same flesh trade.