Everyone called her Amma, and I was too young to discern what a ‘pimp’ was at the time. I was 14 years old, recently orphaned after my single mother passed away from dengue hemorrhagic fever, and I had absolutely nowhere else to go. Amma took me into her brothel, provided me with a room, some clothes & two meals a day. In the beginning, I just saw all the other women in there taking random men into their respective rooms after Amma had a chat with them & a few obscure cash transactions. One fine day, she said to me – “Kal se tere shift bhi start, chokri.” I couldn’t fathom sleeping with any of those men – I had seen the kind. Drunkards, drug-addicts, impudent college students, frustrated husbands & those insolent police constables from across the street. And maybe I was not ready to lose my virginity just yet, especially not in this way.
So that night, as soon as an opportunity presented itself, I escaped and ran. It was midnight, and thankfully I spotted a decent middle-aged man entering his house. As soon as he saw me, he asked “Beta, yeh kya hua aapko? Should I call the police for you?” – I didn’t have a very high opinion of the policemen I had seen at the time, so I insisted on not going to the Police station. He said that his wife is at home upstairs, and that she’ll take care of me till morning if I’d like. And so, I followed him into his house upstairs.
_ “Aunty andar bedroom mein so rahi hai. Paani piyogi, beta?” – I should have caught a hint there – there was no “aunty” inside, but I had to pay a very big price for being so naïve. Within the next twenty minutes, he stuffed a handkerchief into my mouth, forcefully tied my hands to the sofa arm-rest & raped me. Twice. I remember how much I wanted to scream, but just couldn’t. I can still hear his voice, clear as it was, just as the clock struck 4:25 am.
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