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Lending the hapless a helping hand

Total rehabilitation of Sadhna (name changed), a victim of alleged gang-rape by five persons including a ruling BJP leader and her own handicapped cousin at a local hotel here in April 2008, seems to be in the offing thanks to the efforts of Renu D. Singh, chairperson of Samadhan, a self sustaining civil society organization. The organisation is not only fighting her legal battle but has given her shelter, put her into a five-year law course and the best part is that Sadhna has now been engaged to be married into a family that proudly says that her crusade against the criminals is no longer her or Samadhan's cause alone but a matter of family prestige.

“The Valmiki girl being accepted for marriage by a family of her own caste has relieved us of all tensions as the boy has openly agreed to allow her to study and then become a practicing lawyer”, says Ms Singh. The boy hails from a well to do local business family and is pursuing his MBA.

The engagement ceremony was attended by senior residents, media persons and political leaders. “We all want the two accused persons in jail to be tried under the law and the three other miscreants tracked down”, they said, applauding Samadhan's courage and determination to do social justice to the girl who is no longer hapless but a confident young woman.

Besides fighting for empowerment of the underprivileged, Samadhan runs a unique hotel management diploma course where dalit drop-outs between the age of 18 and 25 are put through rigorous training in hospitality and French.

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