Manjula, 31, was bought by a Patel man in Mehsana for Rs 50,000 from her tribal parents when she was 13. After becoming a mother of two daughters and a son, the man kept her girls and threw her out with the son. Manjula is not allowed to even see the girls who became pawns for their father to get a wife from his own community.
In a district that is notorious for its preference for male children reflected in the alarmingly low sex ratio of 798 girls per 1,000 boys in 0-6 group as per census 2001, this unprecedented case of affection for the girl child is not an exception. Tribal girls are now being exploited to produce female progeny to be bartered for a wife in the community through the sata-pata. More...
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