When girls dedicated in local temples under the illegal devadasi system hit puberty, their virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Traditionally girls in this district in south India undergo an day purification ceremony following the onset of menstruation. They were dedicated to the Hindu deity Yellamma as children and sold off after hitting puberty. They have been used by the men in their village for sex since their early teens. Bheemakka says she was covered in turmeric and sandlewood paste as part of the purification process. After washing off the concoction, she was kept indoors for 11 days. Afterwards, her neighbors came over for a party. Some say the original devadasi system of giving over females in service or marriage to a deity dates back to the ninth Century, but others believe it has existed in some form since B. In their heyday, between the 13 th and 16 th centuries, devadasis were high caste, educated women -- sometimes from royal families -- who performed dances for Yellamma, the deity, and looked after the temple precinct. They were forbidden from marrying mortals.
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Despite all the education and experience, most grooms in India still seek virgin brides, thus deeming chastity as a quality. Sex before marriage among men is fun, but for women it is something which could cost you a lot more than a matrimonial prospect. A Kolkata-based professor is under fire for comparing virgin brides to a sealed bottle of aerated beverages. He comes across as a narrow-minded man, for whom women are as human as a packet of biscuits or a bottle of Cola. His comments show us just why many Indian girls have to hide their pre-marital love life from their life-partners, for their entire lives. Why many live in constant fear of being outed as a polluted or immoral , all because Indian men and culture are obsessed with female chastity. A chaste bride is by default pious, nice, adarsh and flag-bearer of culture.
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The practice, said to be years old, determines whether the bride is a virgin or not by looking for bloodstains on a white bedsheet that the newly-wed couple is instructed to use for intercourse on their wedding night. A group of Kanjarbhati youths who have been actively trying to stop what they consider to be a heinous ritual have petitioned the government to make it illegal. They have even threatened the youth group and their families with a social boycott that would see them excluded from normal social and commercial relations in the community. But through their activism, the young protesters have been able to attract the attention of the government. Following Kanjarbhat traditions, on their first wedding night, the couple was sent to a hotel room with a white sheet on the bed.
Youth from Kanjarbhat tribe run 'Stop the V-Ritual' campaign against custom that forces 'virginity tests' on brides. Pune, an industrial city in the west of India , home to many IT giants and also the first Trump-branded apartments in the country, is a cosmopolitan hub. On January 21, three young men, Prashant Indrekar, Saurabh Machhle and Prashant Tamchikar, who were part of an anti-patriarchy campaign, were beaten by a group of around 40 people in Pune's Pimpri-Chinchwad.