That's absolutely terrible. I had no idea.
I've posted this to our Facebook Group to try and spark some debate about your post
This newspaper article briefly explains about the devadasi system in India.
What is the Devadasi system? I haven't heard about it before. Perhaps you can provide an hyperlink with some information for us.
Gender-based violence is a form of discrimination that seriously inhibits women’s ability to enjoy rights and freedoms on a basis of equality with men. In a social setup like India, violence against women is systematic and occurs in public and private spheres. But, baring few highly publicized incidents like the Delhi Rape case of 2012, there remains a lack of focus on this widespread problem. Institutional responses also continue to identify only some abuses and violent acts like, rape, domestic violence and dowry related deaths. Gender based violence is still not contextualized in its local-cultural setting, as a result, a number of violent practices against women that have been customarily conceived and which justify patriarchal norms go unnoticed and unpunished. It is important to understand that, gender equality is a fundamentally accepted principle, but its advancement and rights tend to vary in nature, context and scope across the globe.
Practices like, witch-hunting, honour killing and devadasi system despite being prevalent in India for a long time, neither find place in any literature nor are considered real issues of importance by the State, civil society and media. Because these practices are ‘socially-tolerated’ they are often kept outside the purview of laws on violence against women which raises a question on the whole understanding of violence against women itself.
In this background, in my PhD, I am looking into three major forms of violence against women which are generally seen as non-conventional crimes that deny rights of women guaranteed under the domestic laws as well as under international human rights law.
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