The empowerment project
Lamp lighting to inaugurate the Empowerment project. Present are the keynote speakers B L Patil, Devadasi Punarvasati Sangh and Sitavva Jodatti of MASS, Mr. Nataraju (MYRADA CIDOR), members of Vimukthi and the project director id Yes She Rises.
Forty devadasi women from surrounding villages gathered to take charge of their lives to free themselves from the abusive, intergenerational practice of religious servitude. CEO of MASS, a former devadasi herself, Jodatti interacts with the participants.
Inspiring words by well-known reformers, social leaders are various spoke-persons are completed. It is time to gather in groups to reflect, analyze and discuss. Women groups discuss their future action plans to be independent of the Devadasi system.
A participating devadasi welcomes guest speaker Padmashree Sitavva Jodatti. The participant devadasi has a high school diploma, yet her parents consecrated her into the Devadasi tradition, an ancient practice of religious servitude. Her income feeds the family.