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Sarvar Lavanya

2018 (Narrative date)

It is estimated that almost 8 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery in India (GSI 2018). The skewed sex ratio in some regions of India has fuelled the trafficking and selling of women and young girls as brides within India. Women are reportedly sold off into marriage by their families, sometimes at a young age, and end up enduring severe abuse, rape and exploitation by their husbands. It is also reported that women and girls from impoverished backgrounds have been lured by promises of marriage by younger men from urban areas, then forced into sex work once married. 

Sarvar Lavanya was forced to end her education and marry at the age of 16. 

I was in Class VII when my parents forced me to get married. I vehemently refused. Much against my wishes, my parents discontinued my studies when I was in Class VIII and I was forced to marry when I was 16. I wanted to stay back and help my mother who worked hard and faced abuse all the time. I had started working at a college in Karnataka and was earning Rs.4,000. 


I was forced to marry a 21-year-old relative from the same place. He worked in a gym as a helper. We migrated from Karnataka to Hyderabad and live with my in-laws who were allotted a house under the Rajiv Swagruha Scheme. My mother-inlaw is a municipal sweeper and father-in-law is a sewage cleaner. I have a daughter and a son. My husband takes good care of me and takes me to movies with children. During vacations, my sister-in-law who studies in Class X, my husband and I play cards and carrom and we are friendly.