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India's Devadasi System Images (42 images)

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These images document India's Devadasi System--an ancient form of religiously sanctioned prostitution still practices in India today.


Kavita Kurbati, 18, sits inside her family home in the bustling town of Gokak,
India, waiting for a customer. She wears a red and white flowered salwar kameez and her two daughters, Rakshita (3) and Chaitra (1), sleep peacefully at her feet. When Kavita reached puberty, her mother, drawing on an ancient religious tradition, dedicated...
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