Mangalore, Apr 22, 2012: Savitha (22), who has been working as a domestic servant from the tender age of six, was finally reunited with her parents after 16 long years.
Daughter of C. Sagay and Malar of Kallathipura in Tarikere in Chikkamagalur, Savitha was sent to work as a domestic servant in Udupi when she was only 6. Having lost her biological mother when she was only 18 months old, Savitha was forced to work first at Hejamady Kody in Udupi and then in Mangalore.
In 2007, Savitha left Udupi and got employment with another family in Mangalore. However, when she expressed a desire to visit her parents, her employer filed a police complaint, following which she was sent to Prajna Counselling Centre (PCC).
Finally, it was William, a bus conductor in Mangalore, who helped Savitha to locate her parents. William knew Savitha ever since she was working in his neighbor’s house in Hejamady Kody. Mr. William said that he referred the case to Hilda Rayappan, the director of Prajna Counselling Centre, and began looking for her parents.
Ms. Rayappan then contacted the officials of the Department of Woman and Child Welfare in Chikmagalur and collected her school certificates, photographs, and other documents to ascertain her identity.
Savitha’s father Sagay, who works in an estate, had sent Savitha to Udupi with his friend Karunakara. Although Sagay and Savitha’s paternal uncle Raju visited Udupi twice, they were unable to trace her because Karunakara had given the wrong address.
Although delighted to meet her father and uncle, Savitha says that she can never get back her lost childhood. Sagay is now determined to give his daughter a good future and get her married.