Saturday, September 28, 2013

Young Girl, Nat Community, Near Alwar, Rajasthan, November 5, 2009



She belongs to the Nat Community and lives near Alwar, Rajasthan. In this community prostitution is the only trade, and girls are sold by their own families to the local villages in exchange for their services. Brothers sit alongside sisters on the side of highways awaiting customers. The very people ignoring them during their daily routines then turn to them in their time of sexual need.

She knows nothing else even though her ancestors were something else entirely different: traveling performers. They traveled between villages and performed for everyone from peasants to royalty. The girls for example would walk on a tightrope while the men accompanied them with music. Remnants of this were still visible during my visit, as one young girl walked on a tightrope after our photography. Nirvanavan Foundation is helping to change this reality through their good works, and through their involvement in this community.

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