13-Year-old Virgin for Sale in India

by Medindia Content Team on  April 15, 2008 at 1:43 PM India Special
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In a shocking revelation by a leading newspaper from Europe - a 13 year old virgin girl called Suli near the town of Bharatpur of Rajasthan is up for sale on a highway. The highest bidder is expected to fetch the family Rs.20,000.
13-Year-old Virgin for Sale in India
13-Year-old Virgin for Sale in India

Bharatpur is located between Agra and Jaipur and is about 30 miles west of the Taj Mahal. A mile beyond the town -Suli is being displayed as a commodity - sitting on a stool with heavy make-up in a bright pink sari to attract attention of passing vehicles.

She belongs to the Bedia community that is well known for its caste-based prostitution. The normal going rate for a night starts from Rs.100 rate, however virgins are valued "commodities" and a pretty face can fetch as much as Rs.40,000 ($1000). Suli is likely to fetch about $500 and is awaiting the highest bidder.

The normal tradition is to use the money from first time sale for partying as keeping the money is considered inauspicious. Partying means an extravagant celebration to include alcohol and sacrificing goats.

Suli not knowing what to expect is resigned to the fact that she will go with whoever pays the maximum money for her. The poor child probably does not even know what a sexual encounter may entail with an adult. She will probably suffer in silence and accept this as her fate in obedience to her seniors in the family.

The sale goes on in other families too in the hamlet of 60 odd huts that are located near the new highway. Another family with five girls have four prostitutes and are ready to sell the youngest 13 year old called Nita, a virgin for at least Rs.40,000. At present someone has offered Rs.25,000. They will wait and they are in no hurry. If a foreigner is lured then their dollars are more welcome as they generally are willing to pay a higher price for the unblemished flower.

Once they lose their virginity they will enter the profession full time and can take up as many as 20 to 30 clients a day for the next 20 to 25 years. If she produces some children especially daughters during the period, she will ensure that they enter the profession and support the family.

Poverty and no work makes these communities that are always struggling to enter the flesh trade. The community is well known supply line for many brothels in Delhi and Mumbai. The girls engage in prostitution with full family consent and this tradition is also common among other similar lower nomadic groups such as the Nat, Sansi, Kanjar, and Bachada that are found mostly in north, northwestern, and central India.

The tradition of prostitution is over 100 years old among the Bedias. Bhagu Das, a Bedia leader says that the tradition goes so far long back that it would be difficult to stop even if the community wanted it. "Even if we stop, the sex trade will not end. I may stop the practice but I cannot prevent others in my community from doing it. "After all who will feed them? We need employment opportunities." He further adds.

Anju Agrawal in her book entitled - 'Chaste Wives and Prostitute Sisters', gives an interesting account of how there is clear discrimination between sisters and daughters who engage in prostitution and wives and daughters-in-law of the community who do not. The men of the community live on the earnings of their girls and only occasionally do odd jobs.

The construction of India's quadrilateral highways means good access and visibility to some of the remote areas and perhaps better business prospects for these poverty stricken communities. The current reported episode is on one such expanding highway. Many roadside brothels on these highways are flourishing and many more young girls are on display. The long route truckers know where to stop for an easy bargain.

Rehabilitation programmes can only work if it can have long term objectives to sustain these communities and find them employment. The Govt. of India and the NGO's working in these areas have a long way to go before they can make any difference in their 'traditional' art of living.

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Do you really believe this bleeding heart crap? This community make 60 times the average blue collar salary in India. The girls are trained in sex and are fully aware of what they're getting into; in fact they look forward to it because it makes them financially and politically powerful within their community. Girls that refuse to take part in prostitution are held in low regard within the bedia, whereas the working girls call the shots. That doesn't make it right, in fact it's an awful situation; the girls are addicted to the money, status, and praise within their community, but no one is paying too much attention to severe health risks these women take [AIDS and STDs]. The community does not want to give up the money and have trapped themselves into an evolutionary and social dead end. However, unlike the ridiculous sensationalist article quote in this blog, the bedia are not being forced into this line of work and victimized by others, but rather, are victimizing themselves buy sticking to this gross practice.

rksingh2183

sad but the truth of survival is more bizarre than we can think of. This must be only a tip of many icebergs of poverty related realities in all countries including the so called WEST. Anyways the solution lies in a determined and well executed efforts by the govt, civil societies and NGOs and of course by contributions by all citizens who are moved by this bitter fact of our so called prospering country. May we help ourselves.... Major R K Singh. Indian Army, EME.

rishu_srivastava

its shocking as well as frustrating...... why can't the politicians do anything... this is far more bigger problem then corruption i feel something needs to be done...

aswindad

Only way to eradicate this evil is to provide education to all the girls and also to provide employment opportunities to them. Without addressing these social evils , we cannot boast or boost ourselves as a developing nation.

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