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Photo File: Slaves of circumstance


Though outlawed in 1988, the Devadasi system persists, forcing women into a lifetime of sexual exploitation. The Devadasi community in three villages around Bellary district, Karnataka, exemplifies the painful struggle for survival and dignity under this regressive practice.





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A farmer praying for early rains in Bhanpur Village near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Photo: A.M.Faruqui

Killing fields

Gajendra Singh Rajput from Dausa. Hargovind Harane from Vidarbha . Gosai Patra from Bardhaman. Why did these farmers take their own lives? In light of the burning issue of farmer suicides across the country, here is a look at the plight of the marginalised cultivator. »