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In December, at Bangalore’s Vidhana Sabha, together with the State Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Social Welfare, we held a consultation with devadasi women, children of devadasi representatives from non-governmental organizations, the Child Rights Commission and the Women Development Corporation to discuss issues pertaining to the Devadasis. The Devadasi system is...
17-year-old Bhargavi* is known for her smile which lights up a room.  Bhargavi is the youngest child of her mother, a former Devadasi woman, who later began working day in and out as a porter to raise her 4 children- Bhargavi, her elder brother and her two elder sisters who are now married.  The First...
Devadasi System: An Ancient Practice  Children of Devadasi undergo discrimination, drop out of school early, face violence and abuse. Even the children who do not take the path of sex work still face society’s stigma of being a ‘prostitute’s child’ which holds them back from maximizing their potential. In many cases, it is this ostracizing...
There is a misconception among the masses that the Devadasi system only exists in history books today whereas the truth is there are around 80,000 Devadasis* living in the North Karntaka region of India.  The adolescent girls coming from these Devadasi comminutes face a lot of discrimination preventing them from getting access to education, nutrition...
Hailing from socio-economically deprived Devadasi communities, children from villages of North Karnataka go through complex challenges. They are denied basic respect and rights, and are discriminated against; let alone the economic crisis that comes with it.  To bring them out of these stressful situations and empower them mentally and emotionally, our project Children GOOD conducts...
In the small village of Yalgur, Bijapur district at the banks of the Krishna river lives 15-year-old Lekha (name changed). With a little black bindi on her forehead, hair pleated in a braid and a bag full of books, she walks around her lush-green village carrying a beaming smile. One can easily ignore the fact...
“All schools deserve good playgrounds,” said 16-year-old Asha, the leader of her village’s girls group. The Halagenshwar Kishori Group was formed in January 2020 under our Children GOOD project. The members of this group are children aged 12 to 18 and belong to marginalised Devadasi communities in North Karnataka. “We as a community have been...
The girls from Durga Devi Kishori group represent the courage and might their names stand for. A group of 20, these girls leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting their way. Formed in 2019, under our Children GOOD project, the girls hail from marginalised Devadasi communities. “We are discriminated against a lot”, says...
Seventeen-year-old Sarita*says “Now I feel just as equal as a boy”.  Sarita’s newfound pride comes from an autorickshaw which she learns driving from. Before her lessons, she wasn’t as chirpy and driven. Belonging to the Devadasi community, she was very vulnerable and often in despair.  “Driving the rickshaw has liberated me. It has given me...
With loud claps and the sound of drums, songs and dialogues, the villagers looked on with rapt attention watching the scenes unfold. On a raised dais in the middle of a street, children and adults were narrating tales; tales essaying the lives of the Devadasi communities to raise awareness through street plays. Children of India’s...
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