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The story of Sita, a Pakistani woman

Sita’s parents rushed to the police and managed to get a kidnapping case registered. Finally, one day, they got a phone call from their daughter. A frantic Sita told them that she had escaped, furthering instructing them about where to pick her up. Earlier that day, when her kidnappers were away in the fields, the young woman had managed to escape under the guise of fetching water.

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ixteen-year-old Sita was picking cotton in the fields of Darshi Kohli near Samaro, Sindh. Like many other Hindus in rural Pakistan, she along with her parents worked on land owned by a Muslim family. Her family has been working as farmers since generations. While this seemed like any other day, it was one that would change her life forever. Out of nowhere, a group of armed men stormed towards the family. Two men held Sita’s mother, ALL RIGHTS

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Lakshmi, and her father, while a few others forcefully took Sita with them. Reliving the dreadful day two years later, Lakshmi says, “They belonged to the Khashkheli tribe from a nearby village” – the same tribe who owns the land on which she and her family continue to work. “We could not stop them and watched our daughter taken away right in front of us. It is so cruel,” she laments.

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