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A painful saga of a flesh trade victim

SHE WAS completely at a loss of words as she got a glimpse of her mother after staying away from her for one-and-a-half years. With tears rolling down, both mother and daughter looked at each other. Their silence itself indicated the pain they went through. Soon they broke down and embraced each other.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:20 IST

SHE WAS completely at a loss of words as she got a glimpse of her mother after staying away from her for one-and-a-half years.

With tears rolling down, both mother and daughter looked at each other. Their silence itself indicated the pain they went through. Soon they broke down and embraced each other. 

It is a painful story of 19-year-old Rinky, a resident of Bansara Panchayat of Dakshin 24 Parganas in Kolkata, who had gone out of her house in the village one-and-a-half-years ago to deliver tiffin to her mother, Munni Devi, who was a domestic servant. Munni was the sole bread earner in a family of six persons, including her husband, who was suffering from tuberculosis and five children.

On her way, Rinky was misled by a man, who offered her something to eat. After eating the food product, she fell unconscious. When she gained consciousness, she found herself in a brothel of Shivdaspur red light area in Varanasi. She was forcibly thrown into the flesh trade with persistent physical and mental torture by brokers of the red light area.  

Childline, a social organisation, engaged in uplift of hapless women led by Dr Roli Singh played a major role in the reunion of Munni Devi and Rinky.

The victim was rescued with dozens of other sex workers from the red light area by a group of students of Law College in BHU forcibly amid resentment of brokers on October 25, last year. Around 17 of the rescued sex workers were minors.

Rinky was first produced in the Juvenile Court having be considered as a minor but the court found her to be an adult.

Later, she was sent to the Government Women’s Protection Home at Shivpur here on the advice of the Juvenile Court.

Dr Roli got in touch with the Kolkata branch of Childline and asked the social worker concerned to find out the exact address of the victim in Dakshin 24 Parganas and convince her parents to take back the daughter after coming to Varanasi.

As the mother reached the court of City Magistrate, Sushil Chandra Srivastava, he released the girl from the protection home on Friday afternoon.