Girls got married from `village of prostitutes`
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 23:07
Banaskantha (Guj): Eight girls from Vadia which is infamous for being the 'village of prostitutes', tied the knot at a mass marriage event held here, paving the way for a social change in a place where flesh trade has been a tradition.

A dozen other girls from the same village were betrothed to prospective suitors at the gathering.

For Sarania community, a denotified tribe (DNT), prostitution is not only tradition but also the only mean for living.

For Sarania women, flesh trade has been a norm for generations. All women of the community, which has roots in Rajasthan, prostitution is a currency, while the male members at as pimps and bring clients to their wives and daughters.

"Eight girls got married in a traditional Gujarati wedding. While 12 others got engaged who will be get married afterwards in 1-2 years," said Mittal Patel, the coordinator of NGO Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM).

The social organisation has been working with Sarania community over five years. It is for VSSM's efforts that the mass-marriage has been possible in the village.

Marriage or engagement of a girl in this community means that she cannot be forced into flesh trade.


First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 23:07

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