Vadiya Village of Banaskantha which is well known in India for the practice of human trafficking and forceful flesh trade of their unmarried daughters. But with changing time the mentality of the villagers is also changing and with the help of Ahmedabad based NGO called Vicharit Jati, they held mass wedding, for the first time, of 7 girls and engagement ceremony of 17 other girls on 11th March at 11am.
Total population of this village that is located at Tharad Taluka is 591 among which there are 270 males and 321 females. Here female population is more compared to male population. Before 150 years Saraniya community people from Rajasthan came in this village but they did not have any means to earn a living. 200 families of this community reside here and hence they started to send their 14 years and above aged daughter in this flesh trade. These girls were sent to every corner of the nation. Whenever a girl was born they did not kill her rather were happy with her birth and only unmarried girls were sent in the flesh trade. This tradition is running since 150 years and now some positive changes have been seen in the mentality of the villagers. The community believes that engaged girls cannot be forced in prostitution hence those girls who were too young to marry were engaged to boys.
Vicharit Jati organization is working on the reformation of the village since last 8 years and has organized the mass wedding of unmarried girls. This will save life of 24 girls.
This ugly practice had made the village infamous since last 150 years. And now the mass wedding will help improve the image of this village in the nation. As a result of the social organization’s efforts of 8 years, now there are only 25% families involved in this practice and the rest have left this practice. And the organization is also working for the development of the village for which they also made a road alongwith providing financial help to the people. On the other hand villagers and their leader believe that it is only because of the efforts of this organization that this mass wedding is arranged in their village. They also said that because of poor economical condition they were engaged in this practice and now are looking forward positively towards development.