Ummid Assistant

'IGNOU to launch post-graduate medical programmes

IGNOU trains teachers to develop online courses

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Special Reports

A social activist's struggle to save women

Wednesday September 21, 2011 10:50:21 PM, IANS

Kolkata: She may not be able to bring back 12 women from the clutches of traffickers operating in Gulf countries but her fight against bonded labour and forced flesh trade continues. Meet social activist Rangu Souriya who has till date recovered 500 women from the horrors of brothels and bondage labour.

Souriya, 32, who also runs NGO Kanchanjunga Uddhar Kendra since 2004 has been trying to protect the poor girls and women of Sikkim and North Bengal from the clasp of the traffickers operating between the Gulf and Southeast Asia.

"Due to poverty in the tea gardens, a lot of traffickers lure women and girls with assurances of jobs. Then they sell them as bonded labourers to other states or for flesh trade in Arab countries," Souriya told reporters here Wednesday.

Souriya hails from Darjeeling and still remembers how poor girls and women of the area used to go missing all of a sudden during her college days in the late 90s. "I decided to fight for the cause," she said.

She reminisced how she saved a 13-year-old girl in New Delhi who was working there as bonded household labour.

"In 2005 I saved a girl child who hailed from Darjeeling. She was lured by the promise of a job in New Delhi and better lifestyle. She was hauled up in a house in New Delhi where she was treated worse than an animal," she said.

The activist, along with the help of local police, rescued the girl from the residence and handed her over to her parents.

Souriya Wednesday received the Godfery Phillips Bravery Award 2011 under the category of 'Special Social Bravery Award'.

"Since 2004 I have rescued 500 women and girls who were either sold as bondage labours or for flesh trade in different parts of India and foreign countries. But officially it is 300 girls in police records," she said.

The activist, with the help of NGOs situated in Saudi Arabia, also brought back five trafficked teenaged girls back to India in February.

When asked what inspires her, Souriya said: "It is a wonderful experience when girls go back to the arms of their parents and lead a decent life."

She also regretted not being able to save a group of 12 girls who were trafficked to Saudi Arabia this year.

"I tried my best but couldn't bring back those girls back to the country as those girls were sent to Saudi Arabia on fake passports," said Souriya, who has also helped put 10 traffickers behind bars since 2004.






Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page



Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Thousands take to streets to support UN vote for Palestinian state

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Ramallah and Nablus in the occupied West Bank   »

India to back resolution on UN membership to Palestine

UN Vote on Palestine State: US envoy 'threatens to punish' PA

Stop settlement and accept terms of reference to resume talks: PA to Israel


  Most Read

Terrorism: Chasing the wrong shadows

As I read all this I got a feeling he’s describing me. He goes on to say, chillingly for me as I read on, that terrorists come from “upper middle class families and exhibit only moderate religious behaviour.”  »

Economy, terror, Gulf, North Africa top PM's agenda at UN

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called upon all nations to address the multiple challenges the world is facing today, such as economic slowdown, terrorism and unrest in West Asia and North Africa, ahead of his visit to the UN. "More than ever before, it is imperative for all countries  »


  News Pick

We will address people's aspirations: Kashmir interlocutors

The recommendations of the interlocutors on Jammu and  »

Hope in Kashmir as interlocutors begin mission

Ashok Gehlot hits a bad political patch

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is passing through one of the worst periods of his political career. The Bharatpur violence and the disappearance of  »

Riot victims in Bharatpur allege police brutality

Pakistani team takes anti-graft tips from Anna

Former Pakistan law minister Iqbal Haider, Pakistan Supreme Court's former judge Nazir Aslam Zahid, and trade unionist Karamat Ali also invited the 74-year-old activist to visit Pakistan to initiate a movement similar to  »


Picture of the Day

Members of Bohra community are seeking Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's blessings with folded hands and by touching his feet during his 3-day fast. Muslim community leaders almost unanimously criticized the fast by the controversial Chief Minister accused of involved in the killings of more than 2000 Muslims during the 2002 Gujarat riots.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.