The "devadasi system" is a heinous practice as it degrades women to the lowest levels. It has no place in a free and civilized society. However, it was declared illegal in India as late as in 1988." It raised hopes as many thought the prohibition would eradicate the system for good.

"Many government programmes were launched to stop this menace and redeem these women folk from this dehumanizing status. Since proper motivation and follow up are not taken up all these programmes failed. Their felt need was not realized. Planning for alternative income generation programme was not taken up gaining their involvement and participation. There is no facility for counseling and medical care of HIV zero positive persons. So far there has been no public awareness programme on STD and HIV / STD prevention in the project area."(Woman's forum,weswa)





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