While I am writing this I am in utter fury. Last night I was watching the Ross Kemp Extreme World program and I feel many emotions; sadness, disgust, anger, empathy and I also feel frustrated. Like many of you I am of Indian origin and I just cannot believe the police can be bribed and are involved in the trafficking of young girls in India. Now, if you didn’t see the program it is a new series on Sky 1 called Extreme World and in this particular episode Ross travelled to the big Indian cities to explore how girls as young as 9 are stolen from villages and sold for sex. The police don’t help these girls and if they threaten to run away or argue against the people that stole them they are killed. Even if they do get back to their parents somehow they are shunned because of the shame. One man even admitted to killing 400-500 girls.
During the whole program I had controlled my tears but at that point I let go. I felt ashamed to be from that part of the world. Even though my parents are from East Africa I am basically Indian and that is my heritage. I cannot begin to fathom how I would feel if I was sold for sex at 9, and paid a mere equivalent of £200 just because I was a virgin. I could not also imagine how I would feel if I had a daughter and she was taken from me. Then I had gone to the police and they refused to help me.
I know it happens across all of the world and probably my writing this blog wont help or change anything but I am reaching out to you INDIA as a nation – don’t let this happen anymore. Police can you stop being corrupt and return all these daughters to their families. A film is due to release, directed by one of India’s finest off beat film makers Nagesh Kukunoor and the film is called Lakshmi, the film talks about the issue of women being sold into the sex trade. I want everyone to watch it and take a stand.
I am planning on contacting charities to see if I can help them at all – who’s with me?