WIFE ON RENT! Did You Know It's A Culture In Some Parts Of The Country?

This is what lack of female in the country is leading to...  

WIFE ON RENT! Did You Know It's A Culture In Some Parts Of The Country?
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"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression." - Margaret Sanger

From the earlier phase of rent-a-womb, now Indian women are in the phase of rent-a-wife! Yes, you read me right, RENT-A-WIFE. From being sold in the marriage, now they are asked to live with higher class men who cannot find a wife, on a monthly or yearly-rental basis. 

In the country where we talk about women empowerment and equal rights, women are actually being sold on a lease. These acts are practiced in our culture from past many years, and it is shocking that no action has been taken against it until now.

Let me take you through a few cases.
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Lack of young ladies is bringing forth this irregular business.

Lack of young ladies is bringing forth this irregular business.

Even after so many efforts by the government, female feticide cases haven't stopped yet. This is the reason why sex ratio in the state of Madhya Pradesh is varying day by day. The effects of which can be seen in Shivpuri area of Madhya Pradesh. 

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It is called Dhadeecha Pratha.

It is called Dhadeecha Pratha.
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According to the sources, a tradition called Dhadeecha Pratha is practiced in the Shivpuri district of MP in which women are given on lease. Yes! Just by signing on a stamp, the woman's husband changes. 

The deeds are on stamps of Rs 10 to Rs 100...

Women are taken on rent by signing on stamps of Rs 10 to Rs 100.

Women are taken on rent by signing on stamps of Rs 10 to Rs 100.
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After the deal is settled, the lady is 'sold' to another man. The deal is concluded by signing on a stamp of Rs 10 to Rs 100. 

As soon as one relationship ends, another one begins. 

As soon as one relationship ends, another one begins. 
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It is believed that higher the amount, longer is the time of the relationship. After the deal is over, the returned woman is again set up with another man. 

Women are equally responsible.

Women are equally responsible.
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Such actions have been taken in front of police many times. But until and unless women themselves won't speak about the injustice they are facing, how would any action be taken against such deeds? 

The case is not only in MP, but other states are also indulged in such kind of activity.

The case is not only in MP, but other states are also indulged in such kind of activity.
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According to The Times Of India, a case was noted in Netrang taluka in Bharuch in 2006 when a man named Atta Prajapati granted his wife Laxmi to stay with a Patel in Mehsana for a monthly rental of Rs 8,000.

It was again the lack of girls that inspired agents and poor families to start this business.

It was again the lack of girls that inspired agents and poor families to start this business.
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In districts like Mehsana, Patan, Rajkot, and Gandhinagar, the lack of women gave birth to this way of capitalizing for agents and poor families. 

The deed between brokers aka 'Vachetias' and the tribals.

The deed between brokers aka 'Vachetias' and the tribals.
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At places like Netrang, Valia, Dediapada, Sakbara, Rajpipla and Jaghadia, Tribals from Vasava community entered into monetary agreements with brokers, called 'Vachetias' from Banaskantha, Mehsana and Ahmedabad districts. They decided to marry off tribal daughters to Patels or those from the Thakur society for a price. 

The broker charges Rs 65,000 to Rs 70,000 from the Patel and then pay the tribals Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 for their daughters.

The broker charges Rs 65,000 to Rs 70,000 from the Patel and then pay the tribals Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 for their daughters.
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Numerous 'middlemen' work in the tribal heartland to supply tribal young ladies for Rs 500 and Rs 60,000, depending upon how poor and urgent the young lady's family is. With the request being high, a submitted broker earns Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per month.

Again, no action has been taken against this, as no one came forward to lodge a complaint.

Again, no action has been taken against this, as no one came forward to lodge a complaint.
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The police in such districts cannot take action against this activity as no one comes forward to lodge a complaint. They just cannot rule out the possibility of minors being married off to the rich Patels. 

This market of selling brides has gone international.

This market of selling brides has gone international.
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According to The Times Of India report, another case was observed when in Godhra, Heer Baria's marriage to Kalpesh Patel was a talk of the town. Not because Heer had married an NRI from the US, but because her family was suspected to have taken Rs 1 lakh cash for the marriage. 

The family then left the town.

The family then left the town.
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"After the marriage, the Baria family is missing from the district. We think that they are living in Surat," said Mohan Baria, a community member.

In many districts, families get a huge amount for marrying their daughters to men.

In many districts, families get a huge amount for marrying their daughters to men.
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According to the report, activist Kanu Brahmbhatt concedes that many tribal families in Chota Udepur and Devgadh Baria get more than Rs 50,000 for marrying their daughters to men from other communities, especially from North Gujarat and Saurashtra.

It is time for women to speak up.

It is time for women to speak up.
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In the nation where we discuss ladies strengthening and equivalent rights, ladies are really being sold on a rent. It is not just the culture that needs to be demolished, but it is time for women to learn to speak up for the injustice they face.

"A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform."Diane Mariechild

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