Human Traffic Watch

India: Where women are bought and sold

In Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

Bharatpur’s Sevar police had on November 12 raided a house in Ludhavai village and arrested two “agents,” the Times of India said. Cops also rescued three girls being kept captive there. “Two men – Supriya Kumar and Mukesh Upadhyaya — had purchased the girls from one Laxman Jat. The girls were residents of Jabalpur district in MP. The girls say they were lured to Bharatpur on the pretext of a religious fair. The agents later confined them and told them they would be sent to their in-laws on Diwali,” said Sevar SHO Akhilesh Kumar.

As GlobalPost has reported, India faces an ever more severe problem with a skewed gender ratio, as rich and poor alike choose to abort baby girls, who are deemed to be undesirable.

Meanwhile, as India develops and its middle class grows, the aborting of female fetuses is becoming more common. India’s 2011 census showed that the country’s child sex ratio, the number of girls to boys under age 7, is the worst it has been since India gained independence in 1947.

Source: Global Post

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