‘Randi Ke Beti, Rande Hee Banega!’ I instantly looked up at the Speaker. Crudely translated Daughter of a Prostitute will only be a Prostitute!
She was 5 feet tall and came to share her story at the recently held Expresso Talks.This is a platform for people to share their inspirational journey.
A Blind Adventure-Seeker, or just someone who doesn’t see being Blind as a disability. A young vibrant beautiful woman slips, coming out of a nightclub and is wheelchair ridden, A 13 year old who started a Free Library to inspire people to read, A old taxi driver that ferries ill or accident victims for free to the emergency ward, an artist who nearly got arrested for using his Art to create awareness to corruption, global warming and the Actor Comedian who makes it his mission to keep people laughing. In this Inspirational Group was Helmetgirlbandra.I wanted to take off my Helmet and slip-out. I felt I had nothing to offer anyone with this Power-Packed Panel of Speakers.
She was the Surprise Guest. She opened just before me.She came with her mentor Bani from Kranti and a whole bunch of young girls. Kranti rescues the Daughters of Kamatipura Sex-Workers (Randi’s). They provide them with an education so they can be self sufficient, so they don’t need to follow their Mother’s footsteps.
Her opening statement was bold and heart-wrenching. She had our full attention. The Venue was filled with people craning their necks to look at this Petit childlike creature with a Kamatipura ( Mumbai Red Light District) American Twang. She was cheeky and very matter of fact about the sexual abuse she had to endure from her step father, the racial discrimination she had to face because of her dark skin colour and the worst was her home address. Kamatipura.She was born into this little village. This is all she knew. Her mother is a prostitute and that was to be her future too.
She was rescued by the organisation Kranti. They provided her with sense of stability and an education. She received a scholarship to an American University. She is 21 years old and receiving one award after another in the States. Her motivation is to Make Lots of Money. Get a big Job and come back to Kamatipura and have a Cafe for the Children there. She wants to feed The Children of the Sex-Workers..
There were many young girls that accompanied her.They were friendly, giggly, shy, ready to click SELFIES, but as I reluctantly left their Group Hug I felt deep sadness. Not all will be so Fortunate!