Clinton impressed by the confident of Bihar's Karate girl
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Highly impressed by the karate girl from Bihar whom she met during her trip to Kolkata in May, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for the second time in less than a month, has shared her story with the audience here as to how confident and inspiring she was.
"One young girl, full of life, came up and asked me if I wanted to see her perform some karate moves, and I said of course. And the way she stood up, so straight and confident, the pride and accomplishment in her eyes, was so inspiring," Clinton told a select audience at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department where she launched the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.
"This was a child who'd been born in a brothel to a young mother who had been forced and sold into prostitution. But when her mother finally escaped and took her daughter with her, they were out of harm's way and finally able to make choices for themselves," Clinton said while referring to her short-interaction with Poonam Khatoon (16).
On May 6, oozing with confidence, Poonam told Clinton that she was a karate champion and asked her whether she would like to watch her perform. Clinton laughed and asked Poonam to show some of her skills.
"Now I don't know what's going to happen to that young girl, whose image I see in my mind's eye, in the years and decades ahead. But I do know that with a little help, her life can be so much better than her mother's. And that's what we need to be focused on, and it's what we need to try to do for all victims and survivors," Clinton said.
Soon after her return from New Delhi, Clinton had narrated the story of her meeting with this karate girl to reporters in Washington. "It wasn't so much the karate as it was the way she stood so straight, looked me in the eye, had a sense of pride and accomplishment about her," Clinton then told reporters.
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