Today, march 8, is the International Women’s Day. Women all over the world are rising on the ladder of success in the present 21st century. In India women are doing the same as we can find many names who are doing excellent job in their field of job. Women are coming out of the social bindings in India too. But here is another story where you can find women are still living in age-old tradition.
Most of Indian people are well aware of the age-old Devdasi tradition in the country. It can be found among the bleak tradition in Hindu culture. One of the similar traditions is forced prostitution that is being practiced in a village in UP.
CNN IBN has reported that in the NatPurwa village of Uttar Pradesh. Here people become happy on the birth of a girl child. People think in the village that the girl child will provide financial support to the parent’s family. All this happens according to old village traditions. Girls are forced to accept prostitution here at the age of puberty.
Chandralekha, 46, a social worker, has started her raising voice against this tradition in the village. She said:
Every girl child born is seen as a source of income.
Chandralekha belongs to this village and she was forced to go into the prostitution in the age of 15 by her parents. There was no problem of income in her family as she is only daughter with five other brothers. But she was forced to accept the village tradition under parental pressure.
Later she decided to get out of that. Chandralekha tried hard to let her own daughters get married that is not a usual practice in the village Natpurwa. She said:
A girl is a source of income and people get angry when a boy is born because men don’t want to work.
First she decided to change the fate of her daughters and now all set to fight for justice for the girls living in the village. She wants to change the fate of females in Natpurwa.
She had been introduced embroidery course in the village for providing men and women opportunity to earn money. But some people are opposing her ideas and threatening her to stop doing all activities in the village.
She said further:
I have faced assaults and threats but I still continue my drive. I stood up so that lives of other girls are spared from being ruined.
She has also started a campaign against AIDS and teaching the village children free of cost.