‘’We began with a small group of seven women, but have now reached over 1.7 million women. We have been instrumental to bring a National Plan of Action against trafficking from the government
– Dr. Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari (Founding Chairperson, WOREC)
According to the girl:
My mother was thrown out of the house because she was deaf, dumb and mentally challenged. She was forced to live on the street and as a result she was raped. When her pregnancy became visible and her health situation deteriorated, she was taken back to her family. She was blamed for sleeping with men and becoming pregnant and had to stay in a cowshed. Thus the pregnant lady had to stay in a cowshed, where eventually I was born and raised. As my mother was deaf, dumb and mentally challenged and I could not share my feelings with her. Other members of my family didn’t speak with me. I was stigmatized within my family and even within the whole community for being a child of an unknown father.
At age of 12 my maternal uncle proposed to take me to city where I could learn skills and earn for my mother and myself. I was very happy and I travelled with my uncle to reach a big city where he introduced me with a lady as my aunt whom I had not seen before. After a couple of days I realized that he had sold me to a brothel. When I was sent to a client, I cried and refused to take the client. For doing so I was thrown from the four storey building in Mumbai. I got a severe head injury and was admitted to a local hospital. After the discharge I was taken back to the brothel.
In the brothel, as I was small, and could not bear as many clients as expected I had to face violence. I was in different brothels of Mumbai for around six years. In this period I tried to run away
butI ended up getting more abused. As the police was also in cahoots with the brothel owners, they used to catch me and take me back to the brothel. After such returns, the brothel owner used to beat me up and sell me to another brothel as punishment. After six years of such a life, I finally managed to runaway again and luckily this time I met with a police officer who was helpful and not aligned with the brothel owner. This time I succeeded in comingback to my country with the help of the police. I am here in this police station for the last two days.
The girl further added,
“after taking the blood sample you will go away, but what of me? Tell me, what is my fault for being abused in such a way and being sold and forced to work in such a situation? Is this my fault thatI was born from the womb of a Dalit, deaf and mentally challenged poorwoman? Or was it my fault to listen to my maternal uncle who was the only person with whom I could speak? Where should I go now? Who will support me? I don’t want to start prostitution as I do not likethat work. I don’t want to go back to India in the same abusive situation, so please tell me: what should I do and where should I go?
Questions posed by the girl rendered Dr Renu speechless and ultimately became the inspiration to start WOREC. The girl’s body was full of blue marks, and