Salma, who was trafficked to be married at the age of 12
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India trafficked bride: 'I was 12 when I was sold in Haryana'

In India boys have traditionally been favoured over girls. Routine abortions of female foetuses have led to a gender imbalance across the country.

This is particularly prevalent in the state of Haryana.

In the district of Mewat in Haryana there are 879 women for every 1,000 men against the national average of 927 to 1,000.

Many men cannot find women to marry and bride trafficking has become prevalent.

Girls are bought from their families in other states when they are still young and married to local men. They are often badly treated both within the home and in the wider community where they are seen as outsiders.

Salma was trafficked from Assam when she was only 12. Aas Mohammed chose Salma over another trafficked girl and paid $60 (£83) for her to the trafficker.

Produced by Akanksha Saxena. Camera and editing by Neha Sharma.

  • 24 Nov 2014
  • From the section World
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