: Successfull Stories

Case Study of Taiba d/o Mushtaq Ahmad

Taiba is 8 years old girl from a village Chak Nara, Manawal, tehsil and district Sheikhupura. Taiba‟s mother work in the fields as a cotton picker and her father is a weaver. Despite working all the day, they hardly manage to feed their children and sometimes they need to sleep with empty stomachs. Taiba has one sister and two brothers working as domestic workers in cities.

Taiba was also sent to the city for domestic work in a house only for Rs. 2000 per month where she was beaten by the house owners several times. She was tortured numerously on small things e.g. dust on a decoration piece or because once she dropped a little bit of milk on the floor. At such a young age, when children learn to grow and must be handled with great care, Taiba was thrown into the world by her own parents to survive and to support her family. After several physical punishments by her employers, she decided to leave but caught on sight and was beaten to an extent that she fainted and taken to the hospital. Even then she was threatened that she will be beaten to death if she tries to run again.  Physical and mental torture, rotten food to eat, sleepless cold nights and long working hours in hot summer made her very weak. Taiba, after suffering from extreme situations, left the house again and spent a night in a graveyard. Next day, someone caught her crying and called the police and police contacted GODH. Taiba spent few nights at a house of GODH‟s employee meanwhile her parents were contacted and informed about her sufferings. Her parents were totally unaware of the situation and Taiba also did not tell them as she was threatened by the employers and afraid that her parents will also torture her.

Case Study of Ali Asad s/o M. Bota

Living in destitution with poor family background from Nawal p/o Khas Tehsil Pasroor Zila Sialkot, Ali Asad (age 14) was forced to work at a workshop in Lahore. M. Bota, the father, sent Ali far away from friends and family, without his consent, because of the miserable family conditions. M. Bota never studied and works at Chaudhry‟s farms under extreme conditions.  Similarly, Ali‟s mother works as a domestic worker to feed her children. Ali has three younger sisters who also don‟t study and work with their mother to earn livelihood.

Being eldest in the family, at a very young age, Ali started working to support his family under vulnerable conditions and numerously threatened and beaten by his workshop employer, before he decided to run away. Ali spent frozen nights stranded in the streets and slept talking to the street dogs as his friends. He was beaten physically and tortured mentally in different workshops/ garages he worked and that changed his behavior frightfully towards family members and other villagers. Ali spent few nights in a sacred place of Data Darbar in Lahore where he caught by police and sent back home after investigation. After few days, compelled by family problems, Ali was sent back to the city to repeat the history of misery and agony. Being the topic of discussion between family, villagers and police, they realized that poor family background, degraded education, family issues, parental negligence, lack of basic needs fulfillment, poor social security and other socioeconomic issues were the main source of decline.