Prerna rescues a girl

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Mumbai, Nov 7 (UNI) The cherubic smile on her face nowhere reflects the brutal past that she faced. Treated roughly by her step mother, and then sold to a lusty old man more than of her father's age, 16-year-old Shramishtha (name changed) now simply looks for a brighter future.

''Once I complete this course, I want to take up housekeeping job in the hotel industry because it involves decoration and decking up your house in the most beautiful manner.

Notwithstanding my past, I want to make my world beautiful as other's'' said the student of the five-month course in hospitality-management being conducted by the Kharghar Catering College.

Shramishtha is one among the 22 girls who attended a one-day workshop on hotel industry, held at the Aura Restaurant of Rodas, an Ecotel hotel, at Powai here today.

The workshop was organised by local NGO,''Prerna'', who work for the rehabilitation of rescued minor girls, who could fall prey to the flesh trade and educate children of prostitutes.

Hailing from West Bengal, Sharmistha lost her mother at an early age. Her father married again which made her life miserable.

The constant torture by her step-mother compelled her to elope to her aunt's house not knowing that worst was yet to come. Her aunt handed her over to a person for an unknown sum, who brought her to the city of teeming milions, Mumbai, on the pretext of a job, where she was sold to a pimp in the notorious red-light area of the metropolis. Despite several attempts to escape from the dingy world, she could not and helplessly resigned to fate.

However, one day the police conducted raids at the brothel and she was rescued from there, following which she was sent to the state government run temporary rehabilitation home.

And when activists from ''Prerna''visited her and did counselling about the course, after initial inhibitions, she consented to join the course.


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