India's boughten "brides"

Although the kidnapping and sale of women into China from surrounding nations has been known for a while, apparently India has its own issues with purchased brides. Called paros (purchased), these women do not have the social protections, for whatever that is worth, that traditional brides have and if their buyer dies they are no longer welcome in his family while being unable to return home because their *family that sold them* feels that being a paro is shameful.

This article by Freedom United, and the Guardian piece it's based on, was very informative and well worth the read.

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