An Exploitative System Disguised as Cultural Practice: The Story of India’s Devadasi System

Where Virginity is for Sale in India’

This in-depth piece describes the dire situation of the Devadasis and how young Dalit girls are pushed into this system. She looks at the free school and residential home Bandhavi that has been set up for the daughters of Devadasis and shares examples...
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Serving the Goddess: The Dangerous Life of a Sacred Sex Worker

This extensive ethnographic life history piece traces the mythological origins of the Devadasi system and contextualises it in contemporary India. It also looks at poetry of ancient times and contrasts it with the actual conditions of Devadasis today....
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Slaves of Circumstance

This article describes the difficult situations of Devadasis in three villages in Karnataka. It also looks at how the law is openly being flouted, resulting in the exploitation of the Dalit women; especially young Dalit girls. Language – English...
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Sex, Death and the Gods (2011)

This in depth documentary by Beeban Kidron depicts the extreme levels of exploitation faced by Devadasis in India. Young girls from lower castes who have just reached puberty are dedicated and ‘married’ to gods. The film provides an account of what...
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