This practice is "very common in the district, known for the extreme poverty of its people and home to an important Buddhist centre, known for its absolute silence on social reforms and social justice," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR).
"These people," Raghuvanshi explained, "have lived for generations in poverty, debt and bondedness. In such a dehumanising situation, the weakest and the most vulnerable in the family, namely the women and children are dispensable, to be sold off, bartered."
Rajgarh district "is notorious for bonded child labour and debt bondage. Despite being banned, forms of semi-slavery continue to exist, and children are sold and purchased to meet each type of need," the human rights activist lamented.