For many centuries this system has been a part of southern Indian life. In the name of religion, still this kind of social practice exist in our country.
But why only untouchable girls are dedicated to god and temple? Usually untouchables are those who are economically and socially backward and for whom life is very hard to live. They are the most vulnerable and weaker sections of caste ridden Indian society.
No stigma was attached to the devadasi or to her children and other members of their caste receive them on terms of equality. The children of devadasis are considered legitimate and devadasis themselves are outwardly indistinguishable from married women of their community.
She is believed to be free from widowhood and was called ?Akhanda Saubhagyavathi? (women never separated from good fortune). These are the traditional benefits offered to them to enjoy high social status in the society, which entice them to become a jogini and making them the victims of this system.
Poverty stricken people use religion to console themselves after offering their daughters to temples. Religious authorities in the name of god support this devadasi system and this system is still prevalent in some states of India.
In spite of many laws initiated by our government to abolish this kind of social practice which is still present in our society as a part of our tradition is a blot on our society. The reason why it still exists in our society is because there is an acceptance of this system in our society. Even though there are laws meant to abolish this devadasi system our government failed to implement those laws.
For some untouchable communities this has become a way of life granted by our tradition. This kind of practice however believed to be pure and sacred in its nature, it has to be completely abolished as it is leading to dehumanization of many girls and women. They are falling prey to this evil tradition and religious practice. It is our responsibility to raise voice against Jogini tradition and to protect many women from this brutal religious practice.
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