It was indeed a unique moment for all of us when two of our survivors were married in an extraordinary ceremony.
Zareen was rescued from a 'spa'. Even weeks after the rescue, Zareen was hostile and aggressive.It took over 3 months for her to trust us and start confiding her fear, anger and guilt. An orphan with nowhere to go, Zareen was duped by a friend and sold into a 'spa' which was just a front for a prostitution racket. Her friend's betrayal left a deep scar in her mind and she was wary of any offer of support from anybody. Even in prostitution a first-time customer who fell in love with her had continously motivated her to escape from that place, but her distrust in human beings did not allow her to take that plunge.Her perception about the police and the justice delivery system made her hostile to the entire system. Intense truama care sessions,counseling and life-skills for over 6 months helped Zareen to recover and look at life with more positivity. She refreshed her training in beauty care and psyhiotherapy and joined a holistic health care center where she met her life-partner.
Sirisha had run away from her home unable to bear the torture of her step-mother. While waiting in the railway station, she met a friendly aunty who offered her a safe employment in her house. Trusting the nice-looking woman, Sirisha went to her house where she was kept in great luxury for the next 10 days and even offered job-training. On the 11th day the lady took Sirisha to an apartment in the pretext of meeting a friend. The lady left Sirisha fiegning some excuse about some outside work. As Sirisha trusted the woman she did not feel any anxiety. But when the lady did not return even after couple of hours,Sirisha was worried. When she asked the person in the house, they said she might be delayed due to traffic or some other issue. After a day, Sirisha was panicking. When she asked the person in the house she said maybe she had an accident and offered to take Sirisha to the lady's house. A man & a woman took her in a shaded car to another place(which Sirisha is unable to recognize) and took her to an independent house. When Sirisha asked where the lady was, they said she will come in a few hours. After a while Sirisha knew she was trapped in something disastrous. There was no escape. Much later Sirisha came to know she was sold by the lady to these traffickers. In an inter-state operation Sirisha was rescued. After all the thereapeutic interventions, Sirisha is now working in a Super-market where she met her future life-partner.
Zareen and Sirisha were married to their chosen life-partners after due diligence of the grooms in a unique ceremony. The ceremony had one wedding performed as per Islamic rituals and the other as per Vedic Rituals. It is defintely a rare sight to have Hindus and Muslims perform their marriage in a common venue. The Mosque Committe and the Hindu Priest spoke about the lesson in humanity that had learnt on that day.
For all the children and girls in the therapeutic community it was a testimony of hope in their lives. The marriage ceremony was performed in the Prayer Hall of the Therapeutic Community.
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