On Monday morning, we received a distress message from Runa (rescued from a brothel in Nagpur in July 2014.) Her husband, Bunty, had been pressuring her for months to get back into prostitution. In fact two months ago, he even made the trip from their hometown in Rajasthan to a red light area in Wani, Maharashtra, with Runa and forced her to have sex with customers. Bunty has been threatening to kill Runa’s elder son (fathered by another man) and has been beating him constantly. Runa shared she is pregnant with her third child. Bunty wants to do a non-invasive prenatal test, NIPT, to determine if the fetus is a girl, so she too can feed his lifestyle through prostitution.

Runa finally had enough and wanted to file a complaint against her husband. We were onboard and happy that she was ready to take on her trafficker even though it was her own husband.

On Monday evening social worker Archana called the police station and explained Runa’s situation to the police inspector. A police vehicle arrived at Runa’s house, and escorted her and her two sons (the second son, who is two years old is fathered by Bunty) to a one stop centre, a temporary shelter for women in distress.

Runa and her sons being taken to a shelter home

Tuesday morning, social workers Archana and Smitha accompanied Runa to the police station where she was ready to file a First Information Report, FIR, against her husband for three grave offenses;

1.Forcing her into prostitution.

2.Attempting to kill her four year old son

3.Forcing her to conduct a NIPT test to determine the sex of her unborn child.

The police inspector who was writing the report, filed and FIR but refused to register it as a trafficking case. He instead reported it as a domestic violence case and was ready to send Runa back to her husband. Our social workers have been at the police station for the last few days insisting that the police inspector slap a trafficking case against Runa’s husband.

Runa’s wish is to move to a shelter home in Nagpur, the same one where she was placed when she was first rescued so that she and her children will be safe.