Dedication, Devadasi, Temple, Woman

Act 1 of 1984 .- The Devadasi Abolition Act of Bombay State and a similar Act of Madras
Government are in force in the Bombay Karnataka Area and in Bellary District respectively. It
was also found that in some parts of Karnataka the Devadasi System is still in force and the
women who are inducted to this system are in a pitiable condition and this has led them to take
up prostitution for a living. Therefore it is found necessary to bring forward a legislation to
minimise this social evil and to rehabilitate the victims. Dedication of a woman as Devadasi is
made an offence and in order to make the provisions more effective, higher punishment is
provided for a person abetting the offence if he happens to be the parent, guardian or relative of
the woman.
Hence the Bill.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette Part IV-2A (Extraordinary) No. 75 dated 3-2-1982 at
page 5.)

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