In northwestern states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, bride trafficking is a booming business. These 4 perspectives – a bride, groom, broker and activist – reveal how a skewed sex ratio of 830 women per 1000 men, a rigid caste-system and abject poverty leads to thousands of young girls. Roughly 33,800 women were bought and sold for this purpose in 2016. They are kidnapped from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand for marriage.
Once married, these women are subjected to sexual, physical and mental abuse, exploited for farm and domestic labour, often even beaten and raped.