June 19th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Girl raised in Mumbai brothel wins U.S. college scholarship

(CNN) – Shweta Katti was raised in Mumbai's largest red-light district - the only place her family could afford to live. Men would sometimes ask her to sleep with them. But her mother always wanted her to learn to read and write, and Kranti, an organization that works with girls from Mumbai's red-light areas, helped her apply to college.

This fall, she's heading to Bard College in New York.

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  1. Fabulo

    There are just some women that should just stay in the kitchen, shut the hell up and blow their husbands. This one should too. Used goods I'd say. . Gr8b8

    June 22, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • Fran Fry

      Sounds like you need an education, so you do not sound so ignorant!!!!

      June 22, 2013 at 11:06 am |
      • Lost

        He's not just displaying abject ignorance, he's also placing his barbarism out for the world to see. All of mankind is born through women. For him to belittle womanhood is such a manner only shows how small and unimportant he believes himself to be. The ultimate bully.

        June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  2. jgumbrechtcnnCNN

    Thanks for commenting - the student, her family and the organization she works with have been very public about where she grew up and how difficult it was for her to get an education because of those circumstances. As explained in the video, she hopes that her success will inspire other girls who grow up in similar situations to push for change.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  3. Himanshu Muni.

    There is no need to highlight where she comes from. It is offensive and insulting. Whey make a normal girl suffer a taboo when she or her family has not done anything criminal ? Is the scholarship meant to humiliate her? Please delete any reference detrimental to her future prospects.–Himanshu Muni.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:06 am |