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Topic: Devadasi

January 11th, 2016

Human Trafficking in India | Guest Blog for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

‘According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, trafficking of minor girls and women constituted about 76% of human trafficking cases in India over the past decade.’ Nearly 200,000 women and children are currently missing in India....

December 16th, 2015

Partner Update from India: Operation Mercy’s work with the Devadasi

A Christmas greeting and update from Operation Mercy, our partner working in India, in their own words… “Greetings from the Good Shepherd Clinic team, Belgaum.  We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and
Good Shepherd Clinic
a peaceful and joyful 2016. ...

October 10th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (10/10/14)

News from HART • HART has signed a joint letter written by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, in coordination with 15 other South Sudanese organisations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organisations, to the African Union’s Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan....

August 26th, 2014

India: Education and the Caste System Today

Guest blogger Shona Buchanan discusses the challenges facing India’s ‘untouchables’ in access to education. The Indian government, in the 1950 national constitution of India, officially abolished untouchability in the country. However, the system lives on in India today, having been ingrained into the state and its culture for hundreds of years....

November 8th, 2013

The bonds of silence need to be broken: ‘India’s Forgotten Children’ are remembered

Last night (07/11/13) saw the premier of India’s Forgotten Children, a film by Pipe Village Trust, which portrays the widespread trafficking, persecution and oppression among the children and young people of India’s 300 million strong Dalit community....

September 12th, 2013

This Immoral Trade: A Book Review By Freya Dodd

As the lights glistened in the Olympic stadium, independent athlete Guor Marial was transported back to memories of his ‘life on the run’. Captured at the age of seven by Misseriya Arab tribesmen from Western Sudan in 1993, Guor was taken to Muglad to work as a slave and was kept in dire conditions....

August 27th, 2013

‘This Immoral Trade: Slavery In The 21st Century’ : Updated And Extended Edition By Baroness (Caroline) Cox and Others


If slavery is to be abolished in the twenty-first century, we must first break the bonds of ignorance, silence, interest, ideology, complacency and complicity.”    

Baroness (Caroline) Cox

  Following the widely acclaimed first edition (2006) marking the bicentenary of William Wilberforce’s parliamentary achievement in abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, this second edition reminds us that we must continue to challenge this immoral practice. ...

July 19th, 2013

A Light in the Darkness: fighting ritual prostitution in south India.

Before I came to intern at HART I spent four months working for an Indian NGO based in Kolkata. I had been fascinated by India since I was a child. Initially it was the beautiful colours, fabrics and stories which drew me in.  Then, as I grew older and found out more about what life was like for the poorest in India, I decided that I wanted to do something to improve their lives....
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