In a praiseworthy act, judges in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district turned counsellors for teenage tribal girls rescued from prostitution.
As many as 15 tribal girls of Banchhada tribe were pushed into prostitution by their own parents. They were rescued by social activists and police in 2019.
In 2020, they interacted with judges led by District and Session Judge Hridesh during a workshop in Neemuch. The girls, aged between 14 and 17 years, hailed from Neemuch, Mandsaur and Ratlam.
The girls were encouraged to take inspiration from the success attained by young women of their own tribe, at a workshop organised jointly by Neemuch District Legal Services Authority and NGO Project Mission Mukti. The parents of the rescued girls were also present at the workshop.
Also present were 25 young tribal women who have attained success in various professions after being rescued and rehabilitated.
“You and your parents have to decide whether to plunge again into earning easy and quick money or replicate the feats of other girls of your own community who have since taken a different route to make careers in diverse fields, spanning from teaching to nursing and from Aanganwadi workers to police constables,” The New Indian Express quoted Judge Hridesh as telling the teenagers.
For several generations, the Banchhada tribe has pushed its minor girls into highway and roadside prostitution. Girls trafficked from other states were also forced into prostitution rackets operated from deras (makeshift shelters) and illegal dhabas on MP-Rajasthan highway.
“It’s the first time that judges have taken time out of busy schedule for helping the girls rescued from prostitution,” said advocate Akash Chouhan of the Project Mission Mukti.