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|photo courtesy: The Hindu|
|photo courtesy: The Hindu|
At one side when Aruna’s application of Euthanasia was heard in the supreme court of India in Delhi, exactly at that time three Sansi girls of around 10 to 13 years of age were picked up by the Mumbai police from the Kala Ghoda area, when the girls were attaining a fare and were accompanying their parents who came there to sell the new year calendars and maps in the fare.
Every year thousands of people gather at the Kala Ghoda in the month of February for a fare. However there is no importance to any denotified tribal to attain this fare unless their Maps and calendars are sold here. Neelam, Kajal and Neha three girls were attaining the fare when a man in khakhi approached them and offered them a chocolate.
As soon as the three girls in their early teens went to take the chocolate, the man in khaki hold them hard and push all the three girls in a car, which directly was taken to the Dongri.
Dongri is the children’s jail or rehabilitation centre around seven kms away from the Sansi Basti of Kalaghoda. Before the parents could understand anything about, what was the fault of their daughters, the three girls were booked for the begging case. ‘As they are the beggers, they should be put in the jail.’ A cop told to their parents. The parents, including a widow and mother of Neelam, begged before the police officers about their condition and poverty but as we all know nothing happened to the body made of flesh and blood and covered with a khaki uniform.
The girls were booked for the begging case, however, the parents were not informed about the exact sections under which all the three girls were booked. One of their parents called his relative-Ramswaroop Dabghar, in the Sansi basti of Ahmedabad, who eventually informed me about the entire incident.
Initially I struggled to know the exact details of the case. However the details were not known for many days and by that time the families hired a local advocate. The advocate, again was also lacking sensitivity. He took around Rs5,000 from these three families but did not bothered to sign even a single paper to rescue the girls.
It is almost two months since the three girls are lodged in the prison, and their only fault was just to accompany their parents in a fare and help them to earn bread and butter. I was shocked to see Neelam’s mother who was begging for the help and was describing the condition of the three girls in the Dongri.
“They are forced to do all the work, they are forced to wash all the dishes,” the woman told me. My daughter has not done anything and the police just picked them up without any fault, I want my daughter back please help me.” It has been over a month that the girls are still lodged in the prison and there are no chances of them being rescued even for a month more.
After hearing the widow woman, whose husband died because of consumption of excess liquor, I thought to myself, is she at fault at somewhere? What was the fault of her daughter? Why is the family in pain? Does it happens to other people also? Or is it happening with them because they belong to the ex-criminal tribes Sansi. Whatever it may be, currently I am working hard to secure the bail of these three girls. I think to myself as the government want to say—We will not allow you to live and stop you from dying.