Devadasi is often misunderstood as religious practice. Women were "married" to a deity or temple, disallowing them from ever marrying a mortal.
After this, the women were sold into sex work, 'devoting themselves to a life of service to the goddess'.
The Gond queen Durgavati(1524-1564) ruled for fifteen years before losing her life in a battle with Mughal emperor Akbar's general Asaf Khan in 1564.
Chand Bibi defended Ahmednagar against the powerful Mughal forces of Akbar in the 1590s.
Peary Charan Sarkar, a former student of Hindu College, Calcutta and a member of "Young Bengal", set up the first free school for girls in India in 1847 in Barasat, a suburb of Calcutta (later the school was named Kalikrishna Girls' High School).
While this might suggest that there was no positive British contribution during the Raj era, that is not entirely the case.
Of these, the students of the Veda undergo initiation, kindle the sacred fire, study the Veda, and beg food in their own houses.
In the case of those who marry immediately, however, when the time for marriage comes, their marriage should be performed after initiating them in some manner.
Among the Rajputs of Rajasthan, the Jauhar was practised.
In some parts of India, some of Devadasis were sexually exploited.
Several Dharmashastras mention the restricted role of women, such as the Manu Smriti: Her father guards her in her childhood; her husband guards her in her youth; and her sons guard her in her old age. when child marriages and a ban on remarriage by widows became part of social life in some communities in India.