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A buffalo for a wife

Girls aged 14-16 are bought and sold as wives in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in exchange for money. On top of the cash a buffalo is often added. The situation is a consequence of the massacre of the female babies: having difficulty in finding brides for their sons in their regions of origin, families are turning to traffickers in order to procure their future wives elsewhere. The alarm was raised, among others, by Amarjeet Singh in the pages of ‘The Times of India’. The journalist also said that it is very difficult to prosecute the crime: poverty, in fact, makes the victims and their families unable to appreciate what they are experiencing, and to act accordingly.

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