Three programmes investigating ancient traditions and ways of life – two of which have sparked struggles for survival; the third, a campaign for eradication.

Part Three : Temple Prostitutes

A group of former devadasis – or Temple Prostitutes – are fighting to eradicate a centuries-old Hindu tradition which turns them into prostitutes.

Originally, devadasi were celibate dancing girls used in temple ceremonies and they entertained members of the ruling class.

But sometime around the 6th Century, the practice of “dedicating” girls to Hindu gods became prevalent in a practise that developed into ritualised prostitution.

The girls are mainly of the lowest class, ‘untouchables,’ and their fight is the ultimate clash of ancient and modern culture in India.

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