Thiruvananthapuram: She came to Kerala in search of a better future for her kids, instead she was raped and tortured. The 34-year-old Bangladeshi woman, who was forced into the flesh trade in Kozhikode, has come out with a book she wrote in Bengali, comprising poems, a short story and paintings throwing light into the painful days of her life.
A mother of three, she is a Std VII school dropout who fell into the hands of sex racketeers in the city and was raped. She later managed to escape and sought shelter in a state-run shelter home.
The scribblings and sketches by the woman were found by volunteers of Arm of Joy, a Kozhikode-based NGO which works for destitutes. She wrote the poems and the story in her mother tongue Bengali and they were first translated into English and then into Malayalam, said Anoop G of Arm of Joy.
“We decided to bring it out as a book to give her more confidence and inspire her to write more,” he said.
She had also tried to end her life by consuming a lotion used for cleaning floors while staying at the shelter home some time back.
The woman is waiting to return to her country and her children, to whom the book has been dedicated.
Titled as "Njan Enna Murivu", the 80-page book, comprises 18 poems, over 20 sketches and a short story written by the woman. The book is a touching account of her gruesome experience with the sex mafia, her escape from their hands and her later life in shelter homes.