Glimmer of hope for sex worker fighting for her child’s custody

delhi Updated: May 29, 2016 09:27 IST

NEW DELHI: There is a ray of hope for Sarika (name changed), fighting a legal battle for the custody of her 7-year-old daughter, who police say was put up for adoption as she signed away her rights when she was a sex slave.

Days after Hindustan Times reported her plight, the Child Welfare Committee reversed its order and kept the girl at a shelter home.

Earlier, CWC had given the custody of the child to the foster mother, who also lives in a GB road brothel. Since the brothel owner threatened to push the child into sex trade, she filed a police complaint.

The police filed a closure report in two months, saying Sarika was the biological mother of the girl but had signed away her rights as a parent. Based on the police report, CWC passed an order saying the girl would now stay with the foster mother. The couple then moved court, saying she was forced to sign the adoption deed as a slave.

After HT published her plight on May 2, the CWC took note of the report. The CWC in a hearing on May 16 directed the foster mother to return the girl to a shelter home. The details were shared in a court hearing on Friday.

CWC has allowed the biological mother to meet her once every month while the woman who had adopted her can meet her once every alternate month till the court proceedings are on. The next date of hearing in CWC is July 15.

Sarika was trafficked from her native Andhra Pradesh village to Delhi eight years ago after her first husband died and was forced into prostitution. The brothel owners paid her no money for serving 20-25 men every day and even took away one of her children.

First Published: May 29, 2016 09:27 IST