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In this region of India, brides are ‘sold’ for Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh

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Preference for the male child doesn’t only lead to discrimination against the girl child and fosters gender inequality, it also leads to social imbalances like skewed sex ratio. It was reported earlier that in few villages of Haryana brides are being bought from other states because there were no girls of marriageable age in those villages.

This has now extended to the Hadauti region of Rajasthan also. And what is surprising is that prosperous communities are also opting for such marriages.

In the rural areas of Hadauti region in Rajasthan, which includes districts of Kota, Bundi, Baran, and Jhalawar, such marriages are on a rise secretly. There are middlemen who charge between 50,000 to 1 lakh for a bride. The brides are bought from the poverty stricken belts of Chattisgarh, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

Times of India reported about a 42-year-old man who works in a private firm in Bundi. The man wasn’t able to find a bride for himself, so 2 years ago he bought a bride and the couple is happily married now with a kid. The identity of the man has been withheld. Similarly, another man named Ramesh Sharma, who is a teacher in a private school in Bundi, bought a bride for 75,000 Rs from Madhya Pradesh.

There are also cases where the brides fled with jewelry and other valuables, just a few days after the marriage.

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