Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse
Girl Power, helping girls recover from abuse

When the agents came to my village, they promised my family that I would be placed in a good family in Delhi and in return for light domestic duties I would receive a good education and be paid for my work the money going directly to my father and to prove good intent they gave my father 5000 rupees ( $67) a big sum of money for us.

My mother cried when I left the home ... I was not to see her again for many months.

First, I was taken to a village I did not know which was quite far and from there I was blindfolded and put in the boot (trunk) of a car for many miles ... when they let me out it was dark and I was bundled into a house in a town I was to find out later was Gaya.  

We were kept confined inside the house and there was no window to the street ...many other girls were there and women also. Some of the older ones could leave but I could not, some even had phones but I was not allowed one and if was caught trying to use I was beaten.

Many men came and did foul dirty things to me, I protested at first but I was locked in a small cupboard blindfolded and without food. I soon learnt to remain quiet and us do what I was asked although I felt disgust and horror at my situation and missed my family village friends and school so much… I did not know what to do…

Then one day a customer left his newspaper in the room and there was an article in it about Rescue Junction rescuing some children and there was a toll-free number to ring if you were in trouble. I saw my chance to escape and started my plan.

All had to do was to wait until one of the older women left their phone.

I got my chance when one woman was in the shower, I had to speak very quietly but the water sound helped as someone answered the phone immediately and I said please save me, please save me over and over again but I had only a minute or so and I had to delete the call record. They told me don’t worry someone will come very soon to you.

The very next day at about 5am there was a lot of banging and noise outside, many police with some other people came, one found me and I hugged them so very hard. She said to me “I told you we will come”.

You are safe now. Its over…

Everyone at Rescue Junction was so kind and they told me you can stay for as long as you need to stay. After a few days I was reunited with my parents but I needed to and wanted to stay at Rescue Junction until my education was fixed and I felt confident enough to return. My father begged forgiveness …. I told him he was not to blame; he had been misled but I know he realised what a terrible mistake he had made.

He had registered a case of a missing child but the police told him she could be anywhere in India or even another country.

I cannot thank everyone at Rescue Junction enough, I know that kind and thoughtful people help and support the centre I encourage you to continue to support and help children like us …. you are making all the difference in the world; you are helping directly and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Directors notes… Sweeta was traced though the mobile phone she used and in fact 3 other underage girls were rescued that day. All including Sweeta have been successfully rehabilitated with their families and back into the education system and all our doing very well. We need your support more than ever to fund this work. It was Sweeta’s wish that her story be heard, and she is now one of our child advocates who spends time with our staff helping with preventive programmes warning others in the community how they too might be ensnared by those who would wish to do them harm for their own personal gain.

Several arrests were made that day and cases brought against several individuals under the POSCO (Prevention of sexual offences against children Act) and are awaiting trial.

Obviously, we have changed her name and removed any information that night identify her according our child safeguarding protocol.

However apart from this her story is completely unedited.




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Rescue Junction protest against child marriage
Rescue Junction protest against child marriage


Namaste to all our supporters

Many child marriages have been stopped due to Rescue Junction  during this pandemic time.

We have been working hard during this pandemic time and saved many lives specially girls.

One family was trying to arrange child marriage without her wishes and we received phone call to save the girl from child marriage from concerned people in the village  and our team rushed there and providing support to the girl and saved her lives from child marriage please see below..

This is the story when we got call from a girl to save her life. And her name wqs Pramilla (name has been changed), aged 14 years from Konch Police Station , District-Gaya. She was going to be married by their parents obvuisly agaisnt her wishes, and she was school going girl and doing very well in her school but because of poverty her parents finalized her marriage but she refused to marry. Then she made a call for help on the childline number 1098 and after receiving call we immediately approached the Child marriage probation officer in the district. The team reached to her house than we found  their family and relatives were preparing for pre wedding rituals then we stopped them and talked to their parents and convinced them that child marriage is a crime according to the law. Then we had done counselling of that girl as well as her parents . After all counselling with the support of authority and police involved the marriage was stopped and her parents submitted legal bond that they are not going to marry until she became major. And that’s the way we succeed to stop her marriage and she can continue her study.


Thank you for all your support and help and may you keep safe and well

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Project Leader:
Deepak Kumar
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
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