Every or morality and thus these social evils ensue

Every phenomenon or
custom has a history behind it, how it develops, how it becomes acceptable to
people in general and why it continues even now. There are various traditions
and customs due to which people never think that bride trafficking is a crime.
The level of social acceptance of some the such traditions and customs is so
high that people don’t feel bad in following them even though these may appear
to be contrary to law of the land, ethics or morality and thus these social
evils ensue the acceptance of crime like bride trafficking. Practice of Karewa
and bride price are few important factors which we can find almost in all the
religions and in all states. The acceptance and treatment of women as commodity
has led to increase in crime like bride trafficking.  We can find various instances when such
traditions and customs are followed; their acceptability is quite high in case
of bride trafficking. The laws of Manu describes sale of a daughter for a fixed
price, called a nuptial fee.


Bride trafficking can
also be seen as practice of Asura marriage. 
In Asura type of marriage, bridegroom has to give money to the father of
the bride. The Smriti writers consider the Asura marriage as a necessary evil
or traditional custom.  Bride trafficking
is not Asura marriage in true sense as it involves element of trafficking
allurement, coercion and fraud in it. There are various traditions and customs
prevalent in our society which look like bride trafficking but are different
from it. But what is more significant in their study is the fact that they have
created a space for bride trafficking to become acceptable in our society. We
will discuss such customs in details as under:

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Acceptability of custom
of Karewa: As per this traditional practice, after the death of husband of
woman, she is forced to marry the younger brother of the deceased and in case
younger brother is not available then to elder brother provided he is single
(unmarried, divorced, or widower). We have seen in the past cases that
sometimes even father- in- law of the woman has claimed his right of Karewa on
her. Sometimes families marry their sons to a ladies older than them so that
even fathers- in- law could have a free access to have sex with her. There are
a few cases when a petition has been filed in the court where father- in- law
has claimed Karewa rights on his daughter- in- law.  This tradition in practice since long has
impacted minds of the people in such a way that people think that cohabiting
with a bride by multiple members of the family is not bad. No doubt, Karewa was
adopted with the good intention of keeping the affected women in the same house
due some emergency situation or situation beyond the control of anyone but
people think that when the family members are not able to get bride because of
skewed sex ration in Haryana, the bride trafficking is not bad idea and
furthermore, the access to the trafficked victim for sex will be easy as it
represents a situation similar to Karewa which they think  is also beyond the control of the family.