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HC Orders Minor Girl TukTuki Reunited With Parents

http://www.satyablog.org/2015/08/26/press-release-hc-orders-minor-girl-tuktuki-reunited-with-parents-ncw-acknowledges-abduction-conversion/

For Immediate Release – DRAFT

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West Bengal High Court orders minor girl Tuktuki reunited with parents, NCW report acknowledges abduction & conversion and recommends CBI query

New York, Aug 26, 2015:  West Bengal Kolkata High Court delivered interim judgment by Honorable Justice Dipanker Dutta that 14 year old minor girl Tuktuki parents will get custody of their daughter and that her study has to be continued with 2 private tutors arranged to her by State for Mathematics and English subjects.  She will appear in Secondary examination without attending her school in Mograhat and West Bengal Secondary education will ensure it.  He also asked Child Welfare committee keep vigilance over Tuktuki.  The case is covered in detail in NewsX TV report.
Tapan Ghosh's photo.
The success of this effort is made possible by spontaneous help from so many individuals and institutions.  First and foremost it is the Hindu Samhati that brought the attention of this case to the world, supported the family in every step and fought a valiant battle in courts, on streets and even risking their lives.  We are grateful to the efforts of National Commission of Women under leadership of Lalitha Kumarmangalam whose investigation and the report made all the difference in court and instrumental in recovering Tuktuki to her parents.  State BJP leadership who gave wide attention to this issue through their efforts deserved to be credited to the success.  We would like to thank NRI Organizations such as Hindu American Foundation (HAF),  Dharma Seva Purva Paksha (UK),  Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Viswa Hindu Parishad America (VHPA),  and many  individuals such as Peggy Shapiro and others across different countries who came forward with their outpouring of support to stand behind the family in their efforts to recover their minor daughter.  But for these efforts Tuktuki would have been sold into prostitution either in India or in Middle East by now.
The NCW report stated that Tuktuki was abducted and converted and recommended a CBI query on the case.   They have reported the police inaction and gross indifference of the state to the plight of Tuktuki and her parents.  “While this may be news to some, this is daily struggle many minor girls and their families face” responded Dev Dutta of Hindu Samhati who stood with the family throughout the episode to the news media.   Per UN report 28,000 girls went missing in just one year in West Bengal and UK investigative reporter Ross Kemp, in Telegraph UK, reports an interview with one Khan revealing how he human trafficked thousands of minor girls and lost count of the girls he killed.   The situation is tragic and Hindu Samhati says they receive daily requests from panic stricken parents requesting help to recover their daughters.  The Delhi Police report that busted West Bengal Human Trafficking gang reports how the minor girls are targeted and enticed with purpose of conversion and sale into sexual slavery (prostitution) for just Rs 60,000 to Rs 1,00,000 per girl.  The horrendous situation of thousands of girls in West Bengal for more than a decade is no different from the fate of Yezidi girls facing sexual slavery under ISIS in Iraq/Syria.   It is matter of utter disgrace that this is happening even in a democratic India today.

While Honorable HC judge has considered the various interests of Tuktuki in his judgement,  NCW and Hindu Samhati still need to request the court for a CBI query into the matter, as recommended by NCW in its report.  Those who abducted and converted Tuktuki are still free and as court itself acknowledged there is risk to family as well as other minor girls in the future.  The police inaction and indifference under the State administration that is causing this horrific human rights abuses need to be investigated.  While court addressed the education of Tuktuki, her brother and sister, who cannot any more live in Mograhat also need support in education.  Tuktuki’s  family who cannot anymore go back to their village needs to be compensated for their loss and severe trauma.   Court needs to appoint independent body under its supervision in the state to address the plight of thousands of minor girls, kidnapped, gang raped and sold into prostitution.

SaveWestBengalDaughters welcomes all who would like to contribute in terms of intellectual efforts, research, preparing videos, posters  on the kidnapping , rape, conversion and trafficking of thousands of daughters from West Bengal each year.  We urge you to contact SaveWestBengalDaughters@gmail.com.   For those who want to contact people on ground please contact Hindu Samhati which is helping to recover these daughters, using email  hindusamhati@gmail.com or by filling the form http://hindusamhati.net/contactus. Also please donate to Hindu Samhati from within India using the link http://hindusamhati.net/donate. Your donation and participation in the movement however small can make the difference between life and death for these daughters as the Tuktuki Mondal incident has successfully demonstrated. Please come forward to make your contribution to humanity and save these helpless daughters.
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So, I am Back

So, I am back to USA after spending a little over five months in Bharat. This has been my longest stay in Bharat since I left it for USA in 1970. When I was working, my maximum stay had been 10 weeks but on average all stays were around five to six weeks.  I feel that I am no longer an NRI, but an RB (Resident Bharatiya.)

What was meant to be a four month stay got extended because of unfinished renovation work of my matushree’s house in Karnavati (that is, Amdavad.)  I was not sure, how we would fare staying in Bharat without any family support; all these years, my sister and brother in law, who live next door had taken care of all our needs and logistics and we did not have a care in the world. This time it was different. Now they also have moved to USA to stay with their children.

It was an interesting and challenging experience. Getting the phone connection re-started, selecting an Internet provider and then have it installed, getting Reliance Dongle and Vodafone reactivated, getting gas line connection for geysers, finding a milk delivery man and newspaper delivery service, everything was new to me.  Where to find groceries, where to go for a haircut, seemingly simple things were not so simple for me. But together, my wife and I persevered and made it.

Biggest challenge was to find a reliable contractor for a million rupees renovation who would complete the job in time bound fashion.  It took about two months to find one. He was good but he too, as is the wont is in our dear country, exceeded his committed time by 100%, forcing me to spend Rs. 25,000 in airline fees for extending two tickets.

Working with the contractor and his construction workers and subcontractors gave me a true picture of the work ethics (or the lack of it) that prevails.  It also demonstrated that we care a hoot for lives of the workers who toil in sever heat, often barefooted. Work safety is an alien concept here.  No hard hats, no safety shoes, no goggles, no gloves and yet these single bodied, underfed men and women continue carrying heavy load of stones, bricks and tiles on their heads up two flights of stairs.

Labor is cheap so no one bothers to use modern methods and equipment that are so common here in USA.  It was good for me to bond with these workers who are otherwise treated as second class citizens.

Going to vendors and selecting material, be it tiles or electrical fittings was an eye opening experience.  On one hand there is implicit trust, on another sheer lies told with confidence to get your business.  With the contractor in tow, a person would give thousands of rupees worth material on credit; otherwise, you better have all cash up front- yes cash, because the guy does not bother to honor debit cards, even though your purchase may be worth 50K.

It was also a different life when I had to live like a gypsy, moving from this room to that room every day depending on where the work was going to take place. One day we would eat our lunch in the kitchen and next day in a bedroom on a makeshift table.  We had to change our sleeping place frequently too. Intense dust was all pervasive and at the end of the day, when I started to sweep it as much as I could, I sorely missed my vacuum cleaner!

But this experience was worth having, notwithstanding running around in 44⁰ C (111⁰ F.) every day to take care of things.

I had limited travel this time- to Mumbai, Vadodara, Rajkot and Junagadh.  Met tons of family members and also a few friends.  Attended three weddings but sadly, also three post death rites of loved ones.

Warmth of our society is unique and I hope it stays so even with the Western wind blowing so strong.

I will write another time about my observations and feelings about future of Bharat.  Right now I have not been able to shake off my jetlag yet after three days so I sleep, wake up and eat at odd hours.  Today for the first time, I felt like sitting down and doing some constructive work like writing this post. I know that within a week, I would get immersed in life here but right now I have withdrawal symptoms. I miss that hustle and bustle, that sweltering heat, that Alphonso and Kesar mangoes, that unending noise of traffic on nearby road. Worse, it is super cold here- unusual for this time of the year. We wake up with 6⁰ C. (42⁰ F)  and temperature creeps up to 25⁰ C (75⁰ F.)  during the day. I have not ventured out yet but at least grass is greener and trees are full of leaves.   अच्छे दिन आ रहे हैं।

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