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.
Gangubai Shinde comes from a middle class family. Her parents forced her to get married at the age of 15 to a person that was double her age. With very little knowledge about married life she started staying with her husband. But her husband started doubting and accusing her of having extra-marital relations. He started beating her. She realized that her life was not secure with her husband, but managed to stay with him for two years. During these two years her husband tortured her and frequently tried to start her on fire. The child she conceived from him was aborted forcefully in the 3rd month of pregnancy.
One day her husband took her to the city without revealing the purpose. They stayed for four days in a small lodge near a place called Budhawar Peth. During his stay in Budhawar Peth, Gangubai’s husband met a brothel owner and sold his wife to be a prostitute. Then he told Gangubai that he had some work in a nearby place and he would come back to her after finishing the work. He never returned. Continue Reading »