Case Study - 1
Case study of Sunitha (Name changed for retaining confidentiality)
Sunitha (also called as Meena) was rescued at Secunderabad Railway Station GRPF, 0n 26th July 2008. On interacting with her, we came to know that her mother had expired and father and grand mother were suffering with leprosy. They used to beg and make a living in Delhi. Sunitha had to do all the work and also help them in their livelihood. Unable to make a living they migrated to Hyderabad and found a shelter in the leprosy colony in one of the slums at Hyderabad. Some social workers who were promoting education to children from the slums who were economically backward, thus Sunitha was also helped and sponsored for education from class 4 until class 9. They could not continue further as the project term came to end. Sunitha’s family members continued to beg and made her do all sorts of work at home, frustrated and angry and wanting to pursue her education she ran away from home and was found by the Bala Bandhu staff at the railway station.
The Bala Bandu team met her, listened to her problems and took all the details about her, the kind of situation she was in, and the frustrations she goes through doing all sorts of work at home and support her family in begging, she also expressed desire for wanting to study, after listening to her, she was referred to the CWC (Child Welfare Committee) and from there sent to Bala Bandhu transit home for girls.
Sunitha being very friendly and adjusting in nature got very familiar with the girls there and also made friend with the staff of the transit home. Soon she became very popular among her peers, and was full of life, she was very active in the transit home, participated in all the activities and she was very articulate, and always expressed her dream and desire to become a doctor and treat leprosy patients, looking at her interest and desire the Bala Bandu transit home staff referred her to a local NGO – wherein the children are sponsored for education, presently Sunitha is preparing herself to write the 10 th class Board examination this year .
Case Study - 2
Case study of Reena (Name changed for retaining confidentiality)
Reena aged 16 years was found at MGBS sitting at the bus stop in a depressive and worried state of mind. She was found by Bala Bandu team members, on interacting with her they came to know that she was married to her maternal uncle, Srinivas, she had lost her father at a very young age, and mother lived on daily wages and she had a sister studying in class 8th. Ever since her father’s death, her mother and her family were supported by the maternal uncle, Reena completed her SSC in first division and wanted to continue her education, she did not want to marry; she was forced by her widowed mother to agree for this marriage and she was also promised that she would be allowed to continue her education even after marriage, and once married, her mother felt that her responsibility is over, hence she did not keep up the promise, Reena felt led down and cheated, and her husband too did not encourage her to continue education, rather he wanted her to work with him to clear their debts, added to this her husband forced himself on her, and she was not happy and did not comply to play the role of a wife, hence she left the house and came out without giving any information she left from Ranga Reddy District to reach MGBS.
The help desk team at MGBS met her and counseled her and provided breakfast, after counseling referred to the CWC wherein she was taken to Bala Bandhu transit home. Wherein she was provided with food, clothing and shelter and very mentored by the staff at the transit home. As she showed interest in continuing education, she was referred to a long term rehabilitation home in Miyapur (Hyderabad) she did not like this place and she came back to the transit home, and gave information with regard to her family stating that she would prefer to go home rather than to the long term rehabilitation home.
The Transit home people took the telephone and contacted through another project working in Rangareddy district for verification and authentication of details of Reena
Her mother and her husband both came to take Reena, but she refused to go with them, and was wanting to continue her study, she was again referred to the CWC who recommended her to state home at Mabubnagar, as it was already late for admissions in college, she was sent for ANM training, and is given a stipend of Rs 1000/p.m.
Reena is happy to be in the hostel at Mahabubnagar and doing a course in ANM Nursing and still wants to pursue her studies.
Case Study - 3
Case study of Subanna (Name changed for retaining confidentiality)
A 13 year old boy named Subanna was found at the Nampally railway station, one of the Bala Bandhu team members met him and spoke to him, and they found that he had come away from a shelter home due to harassment of older children in the home. He also stated that His grandfather brought him from Guntur and left him in the hostel to study.
After a few interactions, the team came to know that he was lying, and they probed a little more to get the actual information of his family, and through him came to know that he has a father an mother and they lived in Venkataramamana colony, in Guntur District, and he also gave them a cell number.The team members counseled the child and took all the information and contacted his house and spoken to his father, who was very upset and also refused to take the child back, as he was very angry with his son, hence he advised the team members to hand him over to the police as he has repeated this even before and he was not interested in the child. Later on his mother called up and wanted to know where the child was, Subanna was in the transit home, and the members gave information with regard to stay in the TH. Subanna came to Secunderabad and met the BB team and revealed that he does not study well, and always keeps bunking classes, hence once day his mother beat him up and out of fear he ran out of the house and reached the railway station, where he was rescued and put in a rehabilitation home.
When he ran away for the second time he was met by the BB team and counseled. His parents both the father and mother were called and counseled to accept his child, and give him some space to share and express himself. Even though the parents took some time, they came back and met the team members, and was happy to find his son safe and secure, he came back again and took the child and thanked the team members and the coordinator.
Present situation; Subanna is back home repatriated and keeps in touch with the Bala Bandhu team members.
Case Study - 4
Mallika, aged 20 years married for over a year hails from Musheerabad. She is a victim of domestic violence. Her husband a daily wage earner abuses her every day under the influence of alcohol. He indulges in extra marital relationships and has sexual contacts also.
When the Counselor was organizing one to group session on STI in Musheerabad area, she participated in the session. During the session she raised doubts about symptoms of STI and there was a feeling of uneasiness.
After the session she waited for all people to go and had a one to one with the counselor. During the session she shared about her pain in the abdomen and the sores which she ignored.
She was very hesitant to talk about the same but slowly opened up after talking to the counselor. It was informed to her that until it is diagnosed one cannot be sure about STI, so referred her to Primary Health Center. She was given information on STI & its symptoms in male and female, and she was also motivated to negotiate and ask her husband to use condom, and take him along for treatment.
Follow up was done she had gone for treatment. She has negotiated with her husband to use Condoms & go for treatment. Now she is confident to talk about herself, and is associated with the group in the Young People's Initiative Program as Peer Educator.