Sitting in my cubicle, I thought of taking a peek into the world just to remain globalized. As I was surfing through CNN.com, I examined an astonishing story on the front page. The very first line antagonized me.
“Geeta was 9 when she began wearing makeup, staying up until 2 a.m. and having sex with as many as 60 men a day.”
SIXTY MEN A DAY – pause and think what happened with Geeta. A nine year old girl living in a third-world country, who has absolutely no knowledge of what sex is, probably no education either, belongs to a poor family and above all no money! Even though there are countless similar stories on every news engine, I still feel despondent on every encounter. Girls like Geeta, are sold to brothels by their own parents. The reason is quite simple: money to survive. I fail to understand how can parents sell their daughters for money? Can’t they try to find a job even with the minimum wage? It might not provide those lavish products but atleast it will provide them the basic necessities. Selling your own daughter to some pimp is extremely atrocious, and that too because a bastard demanded some pleasure and in return gave pain to the girl forever.
Statistics show that every two seconds a girl gets raped somewhere around the world. Some live in fear, some silently accept it, some try to get justice, and some commit suicide. Only one plunder is needed to permanently damage a girl’s image, self-respect, appearance, confidence, and dignity. Even though Geeta was thrashed, sexually assaulted by sixty men a day and only God knows for how many days it went on for; there was a lady somewhere in Nepal who devoted her life to help girls like Geeta. Fortunately, Geeta was saved by an angel name Anuradha Koirala. Perhaps, an angel for several girls. The 61-year-old woman and her group have been fighting for more than sixteen years to rescue and rehabilitate thousands of sex trafficking victims. Hats off to Ms. Koirala! She definitely deserves applaud from the entire world.
Anuradha’s own history in an abusive relationship led her to her crusade. For most of her young adulthood, she was a teacher. However, when her relationship took a violent turn, her life’s purpose changed. She was battered by her husband every day, had three miscarriages which certainly happened because of the beating. Eventually, she ended her relationship and started living on her own terms. She initiated her retail shop and supported sex/domestic violence victims. This lady is a pure symbol of Durga.
Our blue moon is filled with woman’s like Anuradha who put others first. We have such reputed, successful woman in our time. To name a few: Mother Teresa, Rani Laxmi Bai, Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla, Anuradha Roy, and now lets add another name to the list: Anuradha Koirala.
Jai Mata Di !