Prostitution is illegal in many countries, including India, but then there are communities that called it as the oldest profession without reason. There are many Indian societies that which might have some ancient connection with royal families and that time they were opting prostitution, but today also these communities following the same tradition and forcing their girls to opt this heinous professional. These girls are forced to take up this profession as it is the main source of income for their families. Here we will discuss the place in India where this profession is accepted as only source of income.
There is a village called Natpurwa in Uttar Pradesh and the people’s lives in this village are from the Nat Caste. In this village prostitution is the main source of income and this tradition is 400 years old and families of this village are still pursuing it. The biggest shock is that, the kids born will stays with their mother and might never know who their fathers are. These people of this village are not ready to leave this ancient tradition despite setting up of schools. The main reason for the women to pursue with such profession is because of male lethargy.
In Karnataka the tradition of becoming Devdasis is an ancient practice where girls are forced to pray to the Hindu Goddess Yellamma. Devdasis mean “god’s female servant”, once a girl become devdasis she has no right to get married as she is married to the Lord Yellamma. After becoming devdasis the girls will dedicate their entire lives to their religion. The shocking part here is that their virginity is auctioned and then they spend their life as a prostitute. This is the only way for these girls to support their family financially. This practice however, banned in Indian, but continues underground and it is awful life for girls.
The Wadia is a village in Gujarat where the women need to earn bread and butter for the family through prostitution. This tradition is followed the people from ancient time and the male in the family works as a pimp to find out suitable customer for the women. The wadia community is following this tradition for centuries, which is why it has been difficult to stop. Although some initiative like mass weddings and education has little change, but still prostitution is the only source for them to earn money. Young girls are forced to get into this profession without their consent.
The Bachara Tribe of Madhya Pradesh is another community that forces their women to take prostitution as profession to support the family financially. This community is descending from royal courtesans. In this community the families pimp out their elder daughter and drag her to this awful profession. The worst part here, that father and brother negotiates the terms and find customers for their daughter. Many girls opt for this profession because they can’t say No because of social pressure.