NASHIK: While many shared pictures of their childhood on Children’s Day on Wednesday, there still are some who were not able to do that as their childhood was spent without their parents, as orphans in some orphanage. The issues of such children who have had to leave the orphanage on completing the age limit face many issues from survival to self-identity. One of them Sulakshana Aher stands out though and is not only working for her identity but for that of many like her.
Sulkshana Nanaji Aher, a law student and a social worker, is working for orphan children’s and for their rehabilitation through an NGO – Anathancha Adhar (support for the orphans) that she runs. While explaining her story Sulkshana says, when she was 13 days old, unknown persons kept her and three-and-half-year old sister on the steps of an orphanage. A chit mentioning their birthdates and family’s last name was also kept with them.
Their entire childhood had passed in the orphanage. They were sent to another orphanage after they passed SSC examination. According to the government rules, the orphans have to leave orphanage after they attain 18 years of age. After starving for two days at a bus stand in Nashik. she did household works. She overcame all difficulties after realising that there are many people like her who need support. Their rights? What are the laws?. With this objective the NGO – Anathancha Adhar has been started, she added.
The orphans have many issues. Many orphan girls are married after attaining 18 years of age. As husbands of many girls have a strange mentality, they abuse them verbally and beat them up many times. Many times, employees working at orphanage sell the girls.
Some girls escape from the orphanage. In actual, this is not true, Sulkashana informed.
Sulkashana is fighting for orphans, their rights and celebrates Diwali with orphans. All the orphans should get home and identity proofs like aadhar card. They should lead a normal life and society should change its way to them. she expects.
Girls and boys who have completed their stay at the orphanage and are making efforts to earn a livelihood will come together for a post-Diwali celebration and share the experiences of their lives over this weekend.