Yamini (name changed to protect identity) is just 11 years of age. However, she already wore the chain made of black thread and beads that identified her as a Jogini, having been dedicated as a small child.  It was her mother that had decided to dedicate her, following the superstitious belief that to do so would earn the goddess Yellama’s protection for her other children.

After being dedicated, Yamini wore the traditional garments of a Jogini and went about earning additional income for her family by begging.  But, during the past year, Pratigya’s Jogini Prevention team came to learn about Yamini, and decided to approach her family.

Alongside local community leaders they explained to the family about the Jogini Act, which makes the practice illegal, as well as describing the health risks and abuse their daughter would be likely to face. Through the counsel of the team, the family realized that Yamini’s future as a Jogini would be bleak.

 

It was a happy day when Yamini’s mother removed the thali from around Yamini’s neck (pictured above) and swore that she would not let her daughter practice as a Jogini.  Instead, Yamini’s parents plan to arrange a marriage for Yamini after she turns 18 in order to secure her future: a much brighter prospect.  

It was a happy day when Yamini’s mother removed the thali from around Yamini’s neck (pictured above) and swore that she would not let her daughter practice as a Jogini.  Instead, Yamini’s parents plan to arrange a marriage for Yamini after she turns 18 in order to secure her future: a much brighter prospect.

 

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