The exact time this practice began in India is not known. However, it is thought to have originated during the early Muslim invasions in the 10th century. It is said the daughters were married young for their safety, so invaders would not carry them off. These social norms continue keep women in submission today. Concern for the safety of girls is still cited as a reason for this practice. However, husbands perpetrate many rapes in India. Supply and demand also contributes to putting children at risk. Throughout the years female fetuses were aborted, so now there is a greater number of men than women.
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