Wednesday, August 17

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Bridal Slavery in India!

by Staff writer



India has one of the world's fastest growing economies. But the southwest Asian country also has the largest number of slaves in the world.


In the midst of widespread poverty, fueled by economic inequality and rampant corruption, a new form of slavery - bridal slavery - has flourished. Women and young girls are sold for as little as $120 to men who often burden them with strenuous labour and abuse them.

In a country where female children are sometimes considered a financial burden, the common practice of infanticide and gender-selective abortion has led to a shortfall in the number of women available for marriage - something made all the more problematic by high dowry costs. Experts say this has encouraged bride trafficking.

Jamila, a former bride slave, says her traffickers kidnapped and drugged her, before selling her to an abusive man. "He would hit me and beat me day and night. I would have to work all day in the heat .... That's no life .... Is it worth living?"


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Source: Aljazeera 2011

4 comments:

  1. The country with the highest cases of rape!
    Man's inhumanity to man!

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  2. We are always at the receiving end. Women!

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