India's Devadasi System

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Students play a game during a physical education class at the Vimochana School in Malabad, India.  The school was the first residential school for the children of Devadasis and was founded in 1990 to break the cycle of the Devadasi system.  Because the belief is that all female children of Devadasis should themselves become Devadasis, the school was created to remove the children from the culture in which this practice took place and instead offer them an education.  All students receive free tuition, books, uniforms, food and medical care. .