From RLA To Finding Love
Noor* lived with her mother in Kamathipura, one of the largest red-light areas of Mumbai. Several girls who are born or raised in the red-light areas resort into the same trade as their mothers. As the eldest in her family, Noor also had the responsibility of taking care of the family on her shoulders. Noor’s mother was afraid for her daughter as she got older. She met with our staff at Kamathipura and requested them to help Noor join a hostel. This is when she was placed in Nirmal Bhavan, our rehabilitation home for women who leave the red-light area. Noor was part of our vocational tailoring programme there and after completing this training successfully, she started working, saving the money and even took care of her parents and three siblings.
In 2016, Noor met the guy of her dreams and they fell in love. They both finally decided to get married and tied the knot in the presence of a few family members last week! This is indeed a modern day fairytale.
When the lives of thousands of young girls have been ruined in the red-light area, Noor’s story stands as a lighthouse of hope for many.