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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:28 AM

India mother arrested for 'selling 11-year-old daughter for $12,000'

Source: BBC

A mother in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has been arrested for allegedly selling her daughter for 650,000 rupees ($12,000; 7,611).

The mother said she sold the girl to raise money to repay a fine of 450,000 rupees ($8,383; 5,317) imposed on her by the village council, police said.

Police have arrested a man and a woman who allegedly bought the girl.

Desperation and poverty often drive people in India to sell their children and many girls are also trafficked.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21191819



In the same nation of a gang rape and a sea of misogyny even among mothers. What kind of loving parent would sell a child? But culturally you've gotta wonder: how often do poor parents in India (fathers OR mothers) sell their SONS?

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Reply India mother arrested for 'selling 11-year-old daughter for $12,000' (Original post)
alp227 Jan 2013 OP
davidpdx Jan 2013 #1
Lasher Jan 2013 #2
Katashi_itto Jan 2013 #3
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #4
Katashi_itto Jan 2013 #10
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #5
msanthrope Jan 2013 #6
freshwest Jan 2013 #7
CountAllVotes Jan 2013 #8
bitchkitty Jan 2013 #9

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:45 AM

1. Yikes

I'm writing a paper that partially focuses on child labor (it also covers human rights in general and environmental abuses) and read quite a bit about the indentured servitude of children in Asian countries.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:03 AM

2. Mali has a long tradition of such things.

Mali is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ml.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:22 AM

3. Capitalism taken to it's logical conclusion. Everything becomes monetized...Repukes would be proud

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:34 AM

4. Uh, stuff like this was going on all over the world for millennia.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:01 PM

10. ...Yes your right...its still pure capitalism no matter if it was done yesterday or 3,000 years ago

Unfettered capitalism would make this a really commonplace event.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:45 AM

5. What surprises me here,

outside of the tragedy of the situation , is the size of the fine referred to. Seems a very high figure for India given that for
2011 their average wage seems to have been $1,410 p.a

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:58 AM

6. K&R--for every nameless, faceless girl sold like a thing. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:05 PM

7. +1

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:55 PM

8. I asked the Monsignor at the Church this question

Why must a women have to give birth to a child she does not want?

It led to the abortion issue. I told the angry Monsignor I could not understand why a woman would have to have a child she did not want only to end up either selling the child or mutilating the child to make it "a good beggar". This was c. 1970 or so.

Needless to say, the Monsignor had few words for me except babbling off a few "Shame on you!" remarks towards me which led to yet another argument w/him. It was at that point in my young life that I more or less dumped the Church and that was the reason; the mere idea that a woman does not have the right to choose to do what she wants with her body seemed unfathomable to me.

I don't want this to turn into a religious/Catholic bash thread as that is not my intent.

The reason I am posting this is because this event it happened over 40 years ago.

Same story different day and no, things haven't changed much in India or with the Church have they?



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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:16 PM

9. I cannot imagine the poverty

and the desperation that would prompt such a choice. Do you let all your children starve? Which one do you send to the brothel? How could someone make such a choice? I can't imagine being driven to make such a choice. None of us can.

I am so grateful for what little I have, when I read stories like this. That poor child. All of them. Those poor children.

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