I was in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu yesterday at a bridge school for working children.
My meeting with a young boy and her elder sister is something that I would not forget for some time.
The girl named Pramila aged 10 was in her tears when she narrated her story. She had to work for over 14 hours in a factory that made jute mats. She and her brother aged 7 was forced to work because her abusive and drunkard father never worked and tortured her mother and them for money.
The boy narrated one incident which brought tears to my eyes. Oneevening he tied the boy to a rope and threw him inside a well and threatened his mother that he would let go of the rope if she would'nt give money. I could see rage and tears in his eyes when he narrated this incident.
"I would kill my father when I become big!", said the boy rather firmly.
The boy and her sister are in the bridge school for the past 1 year and are provided clothes, food and tutions. They don't goto work any more.
The other children had equally tragic past.
I left the place with more questions and no answers.