Her parents allegedly sold her to a couple for Rs 3,000

Thirteen-year-old Kaitepalli Satyavardhini, who was rescued by Women Development and Child Welfare (WD&CW) officials a few days ago, refused to go with her parents and decided to continue her education. Officials said that the girl would continue to stay in ‘Bala Sadan’, being run by the Government.

“Satyavardhini is interested in studies, but her parents sold her last month to a couple for Rs.3,000, in Gudivada town in Krishna district. On a tip-off, we rescued the girl and shifted her to ‘Bala Sadan’. We held counselling twice, but the girl refused to go with parents”, Krishna District WD&CW Project Director N.V. Raghava Rao said.

The staff conduct raids and rescued girls, who are engaged as servant maids and bonded labourers and during counselling the victims prefer to go with parents. “Surprisingly, Satyavardhini refused to go with her parents -- K. Satyanandam and Suvartha – during counselling. We admitted her in CVR Municipal High School and will educate her as per her wish,” said the PD.

Speaking to The Hindu, Satyavardhini said: “My parents sold me to Gopala Krishna and Chinnamma for Rs.3,000.

Luckily, the ‘sirs’ (officials) came to the house and rescued me. I want to stay in ‘Bala Sadan’. My ambition is to become a doctor”, she said.

“I used to clean the rooms, wash clothes and utensils and take care of their two children. Chinnamma never allowed me to go outside and my parents did not visit me after handing me over to Gopala Krishna’s family. Fearing that my parents would sell me again, I refused to go home,” said Satyavardhini with tears in her eyes.

“My elder sister was engaged for work in a house and she came back. My parents sold me, when I was studying in Seetalanka Government Hostel in Avanigadda mandal in Krishna district. Please don’t try to send me out from ‘Bala Sadan”, Satyavardhini, a native of Peddapalem village of Nagayalanka mandal, urged the officials.

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