IPS NEWS AGENCY
KOLKATA, INDIA — "May I come in, Miss?" asks seven-year-old Ajmiri Khatun, her face beaming with her radiant smile. Her teacher, Pujo Roy, gladly welcomes her into the eight-square-foot educational facility designed for Indian children like her.
"Thank you, Miss," says Ajmiri, as she enters the Kidderpore ‘Berabhenge' centre, sits cross-legged on the floor and starts doing her homework.
Every day, from her school, Ajmiri proceeds to the centre where she waits for her mother, a commercial sex worker (CSW), to return from her work. Home for her and her family is a dilapidated shanty by the Sealdah railway in Kolkata city, where the stench of urine and garbage never goes away.