ANDHRA PRADESH

NGO rescues woman from Basivin system

Staff Reporter

KURNOOL: A woman, who was forced into Basivin system, was rescued by activists of Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha at Gajjahalli village in Holagunda mandal of Kurnool district recently. According to reports, Hussainamma, daughter of Mattaiah and Durgamma, was declared "Basivin'' last month at a family function after she was formally married to her maternal uncle, Mareppa.

A local activist of Andhra Pradesh Dalit Samakhya who got suspicious following the frequent visits of Mareppa to the village, probed the issue and found that she was forced into Basivin system.

Most of the Basivins end up as prostitutes in rural areas. With the help of police, the activists of Dalit Samakhya convinced Mareppa to accept her as his wife and a formal marriage was solemnised on July 6.

The Dalit Samakhaya State president, Kommupalem Srinivas, said the organisation deployed six activists in each village in Adoni area where system still exists.

The organisation conducted the marriages of Basivins in public to prevent them from sexual exploitation by villagers. In several cases, Basivins contacted HIV.

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