Her Mother & Brother Is Physically and Mentally Torturing Her To Become a S*X WORKER : A neighbour noticed a emotionally distraught Meera sobbing outside her urban slum home and immediately called HUMSAFAR. Meera told the caseworkers a harrowing story: her mother was a sex worker who practised secretly, her brother was a petty thief and they were physically and mentally torturing her, pressuring her to follow her mother’s line of work and join the sex trade. On her refusal she was brutally beaten.
She had even approached the local police, hoping they would talk some sense into her mother. The police had summoned Meera’s mother, warned her and asked her to take Meera back. When her mother persisted in her ways Meera telephoned the police station. To her great dismay, the policeman bluntly told her that her mother was right and she should obey her.
The policeman even offered to become her loyal client! Shocked and depressed by the police response, Meera did not submit to her mother and brother’s proposal. After another thrashing, she overheard her mother telling her brother to “bump her off”. After this Meera ran away at the first opportunity and arrived at the house of neighbourhood watch committee member to beg for help.
Meera, doing her homework, is now back at school.
Meera, shown here with her aunt, is very appreciative of their efforts in providing her a safe home environment.
HUMSAFAR did some intense counseling with Meera and restored her self-confidence. They arranged for Meera to live with her maternal aunt and uncle, and she is now back at school and earning some income from household work. Her uncle clearly told her mother to respect Meera’s wishes.