Below is the story of a woman whose life was radically transformed when she was provided with the opportunity by CWR’s partner HCC to escape a life of prostitution.
My name is Sunita Vijay Naik. I am 35 years old and am from Ahammad Nagar, Maharashtra. My mother died when I was a child. I have 2 brothers but unfortunately my father and younger brother died within one month of the other. Unwillingly I got married to a dumb man at the age of 11. After 2 days of staying with my husband I came back to my parents’ house. My father-in–law called a meeting of Panchayat (village court) and they decided that I should not go back to my in-law’s house anymore since I had violated village laws. Then I stayed in my parent’s house, but many people started commenting and saying many things about me. Again my parent’s arranged a boy for me, so I was married again. His name was Laxmikant. That marriage is called Motur (sending off the daughter with just a saree). However, there was no physical relation with my second husband. But after few months one day my brother–in-law called me and forcefully raped me, then I became pregnant. When my husband came to know that I am pregnant, he got angry. Because of shame I ran away from house and came to Pune. I asked a woman to give me a job doing household chores, but instead she sold me to a brothel. Continue Reading »