A Night With A Family Who Begs And Lives Under A Busy Flyover Junction
January 16th, 2017
For the first time in my life, I have experienced how a woman feels if there is no toilet nearby. I relieved myself near a drain where other girls in the slum usually do. We slept under the flyover. I never thought I would sleep on the side of the road. Vehicles zoomed past us at dangerous speeds throughout the night, sometimes very close to the pavement. To make things scarier, I saw few drunk men who slept at a distance from where we were sleeping. The family allayed my fears and assured me that I was safe.
We also spent a lot of time speaking with the girls. They were sad that their parents saw them as liabilities and more mouths to feed. They also felt bad that their parents got drunk and beat them. They aspired for great things and wanted to study but could not do anything about it because of their parents’ ignorance and poverty.
The next morning we had a conversation with the parents and convinced them that we would help the kids secure admission in the school nearby. We went to a girls’ school and enquired about the admission procedure and informed the parents about it.
Shared by: Ankita Sengupta and Sourav Majumder, from Prantakatha.
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