Rangu Souriya, a brave heart from Darjeeling, who has saved over 500 trafficked women
Rangu Souriya, a resident of Panighatta in Darjeeling was threatened by goons and mafia on several occasions. But nothing could make her step back from rescuing trafficked women. Rangu Souriya has saved over 500-odd trafficked women and girls, mostly aged under 18, who had been trafficked from Sikkim, north Bengal, Nepal and Assam and sold into bonded labour or flesh trade.
Rangu Souriya is associated with a Siliguri-based NGO ‘Kanchanjunga Uddhar Kendra.’ She has been rescuing trafficked women since 2004. Her strong determination and bravery encouraged many parents of the victims to appeal to her to save their wards.
I was threatened by goons and mafia on several occasions and even lured with handsome sums of money, but my aim and vision is to free women from their bondage.
It all began when she heard that from a place near to her home, a 13 year old girl was taken by a person who was supposed to get her a job but had gone untraceable. Ever since then, Rangu Souriya made it her mission to rescue them from the bondage. She hasn’t stopped her work, and after founding Kanchenjungha Uddar Kendra in 2004, she and her team has rescued more than 500 women and underage girls, who were being trafficked. There were times, when Rangu had to spend money from her own pocket and even had to sell cows to back her efforts. But, nothing could deter the determined Rangu from continuing her mission.
Her exemplary bravery and good work have earned her the Godfrey Phillips Social Bravery Award and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Women Achievers’ Award – 2009. She has also been honoured by more than 20 regional organizations for her work.
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