"When I was 5, I ran away from my mother who is a sex worker and used to torture me..."

A beautiful story of a beautiful girl. 

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If you think life will be fair always, you might just be wrong. There's this thing about life - it gives you a second chance, irrespective of your past. Life provides you with a reason to stand up again and move forward, towards a new direction.

Same is the case with Ashwini, a resident of Bombay, India, who is now at the best place in her life, as she's heading for a new start, in a new country, with great enthusiasm. 

Ashwini's life is the perfect example for all of us to understand that when we decide to own our life, we can achieve our dreams including those that might just seem to be a fairy tale.

Ashwini posted her story on the Facebook page of 'Humans Of Bombay' where she told how all the things fell into place to take her to a new start where she can live her life, adding something meaningful to it. 

Let's have a look at her inspiring story.

(Note: Some images used in the story are for illustration purpose only)

Born to a sex worker in Mumbai, Ashwini recalls her mother...

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"I've been running my whole life. When I was 5, I ran away from my mother who was a sex worker and would beat me up black and blue for something as trivial as losing her lipstick."

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"I saw my mother running towards me with a broom in her hand."

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"One of my earliest memories of her, is when I was playing hide and seek with my friends in a building and by mistake I pushed a row of bikes parked at the back and they all collapsed. The watchman locked us in the building and went to complain to our mothers, and then I saw my mother running towards me with a broom in her hand, screaming …I was so scared, I ran away as fast as I could."

Ashwini's memories from her days at the shelter home...

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"At 8, she finally sent me to an NGO shelter home where I spent many years running from the teacher's beatings. It was a Christian hostel, and if we didn't follow even one of their rules we would be beaten and starved for days. My mother passed away during this time, so I took this abuse for 10 years because I didn't know any better."

Running away from tortures...

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"A few of my friends however, managed to run away to a place called Kranti which looks after girls like me...they told me of a better life and encouraged me to follow them. I finally took the brave step of running away to them and that's when my life changed."

A new beginning...

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"At Kranti, I had therapy every week and learned about art, dance, and other forms of therapy. After I learned all these things, I started volunteering to help other kids."

Helping the needy through service...

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 "My favourite activity is volunteering at Tata Memorial Hospital, where I bring art activities for children who are waiting for cancer treatment. Together we do art projects that help the kids to express their fears, their problems and their hopes."


On her tour of the country, Ashwini has...

Worked for the Dalit communities in Delhi.

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Learned theatre in West Bengal.

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Attended photography classes in Himachal 

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Volunteered with NGOs in Gujarat.

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Ashwini's learnings from her experiences...

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"My experiences convinced me that I wanted to be an art therapist and spend my life helping others who found it difficult to express."

And that's when life offered Ashwini what she deserved...

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"I applied to New York University and got in with a big scholarship- my entire tuition is covered! For me, this was the biggest validation - that I could get into a college of my dreams, study what I love and make a difference all while the police is still running after me to drag me back to the hostel I ran away from."

Cheers to the second chance!

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"But I'm finally stopping to run. I'm finally finding peace and stillness within me and the hope of a better tomorrow… the hope of a second chance to live a different life and to finally just…be."


Ashwini's inspiring post on the Facebook page 'Humans of Bombay'.

After reading this, you might have observed how Ashwini changed her fate soon after she took control of her life. 

She has now managed to get admission in the New York University with her entire tuition fees covered by the university itself. Still, her travel and day to day expenses along with her stay, remain uncovered financially. 

If you feel that Ashwini's struggle is worthy, please consider donating on the link below to help Ashwini.

https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/helpashwini


Thanks for reading.

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