Although India is one of the fastest growing developing country today, but still, there are some dark corners in this country, that are lagging behind, with the present time.
They are alienated from the modern world and the lack of education is one of the prime reason for that.
It is hard to believe, that in the present scenario, India habituates some places where girls of the families are forced into prostitution, even before they reach puberty.
Prostitution is a profession that has been into existence since ages. If we turn the pages of history, then, it will become evident that how many courtesans used to be the muses of the erstwhile kings.
But, with the passage of time, this profession has undergone a lot of transformation. In some parts of India, prostitution is still considered as a main source of family income, in the guise of superstitious social traditions.
Most of the women, who chose this profession, willingly or forcibly, either hail from poor economic and financial background or they are dragged into this profession due to age-old traditions, to support the livelihood.
Let’s take a look at four places in India, where this dark profession is practiced as an open secret, and families feel no shame in telling that their daughters, sisters are into this profession.
Natpurwa village, Uttar Pradesh
This is the village, where the people of Nat caste dominates. Strangely, in this village, children are not aware about the name of their fathers and they live with their mothers.
Shockingly, this bizarre norm exists since last 400 years. Around 5,000 people live in this village.
Bachara tribe, Madhya Pradesh
Bachara is a tribal community and are said to be the descendants of royal courtesans.
Here, girls are forced into prostitution by their own fathers and brothers. The responsibility of making both ends meet is in the hands of the eldest daughter of the family. Most of such families have a dedicated room in their houses to continue this dreaded profession.
Wadia village, Gujarat
Wadia village is famous for flesh trade on an enormous scale. Here, men search for customers for the women of their families. In this small village, girls are groomed to become prostitutes at an early age and boys are trained to become pimps to find clients for them.
Several education drives could not change the mindset of these people.
In the Devdasis belt of Karnataka, the virginity of girls is put on auction among the upper caste people. After this, girls spend rest of their lives as prostitutes, while earning for their families.
The Devdasis community worships Hindu Goddess Yelamma. Devdasis literally means ‘slave of God’.
According to the beliefs followed here, girls are married to the Goddess Yelamma, after which they dedicate their lives in the name of religion.
Other prominent areas, where prostitution is a widely accepted profession are: Sonagachi, red light area in Kolkata, Kamathipura in Mumbai, Budhwar Peth in Pune, Itwari in Nagpur, Ganga Jamuna in Nagpur, Meergunj in Allahabad, Shivdaspur in Varanasi, Chaturbhujsthan in Muzaffarpur and GB Road in Delhi.