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Traditional Devadasi system based sex work dhandha is practiced inIndia. The communities thatpractice this system are affected severely by AIDS epidemic. Through this paperwe present the views of gharwalis brothelmadams regarding the impact of AIDSon the traditional system Devadasi system of initiating girls as sex workers Devadasis and on the practice of sex work dhandha associated with thatsystem. Qualitativein-depth interviews were conducted with twelve gharwalis as a follow-up of a cohort study, which investigated the patterns anddeterminants of sex worker migration from northern Karnataka to southernMaharashtra, in India. According to gharwalis,the disease AIDS consequences; death, fear and stigma affected dhandha operations, changed the attitudeof the Devadasi community against thepractice of dhandha and the Devadasi system, besides, influenced thecommunity to take actions to stop the practice of dhandha and the Devadasi system.The findings suggest that the interplay between the disease consequences andthe community’s response to those consequences contribute to transition dhandha and the Devadasi system. Wediscuss our findings, describe the transition and the consequent risk enhancingconditions. Finally, highlightthe need to address these conditions to reduce Devadasis risk and vulnerability to HIV infection.

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India; Devadasi System; Gharwali; Sex Work; HIV-AIDS

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K. Gurav and J. Blanchard -Disease, Death and Dhandha: Gharwali’s Perspectives on the Impact of AIDS on Devadasi System and the Sex Work in South India,- World Journal of AIDS, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 26-32. doi: 10.4236-wja.2013.31004.





Author: Kaveri Gurav, James Blanchard

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