Shweta, who once studied in a civic school, flew to New York on Thursday to pursue a course in Psychology at Bard University.

"Shweta has got the opportunity to study in US. I don't know what she would be studying there. But I feel proud of her," her mother Vandana, a devdasi, said.

Devdasis are girls who are 'dedicated' to a life of sex work in the name of religion.

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"Since childhood Shweta had been good at studies. Earlier, she studied in the municipality school. From class VIII, she started going to a private school in south Mumbai," she added.

After Shweta completed her higher secondary school (HSC), she approached 'Apne Aap', an organization in Kamathipura, to which she was associated since her class IV.

'Apne Aap' then took her to 'Kranti', an NGO which educates and empowers trafficked girls, to help her in pursuing further education. Knowing well about her field of interest, the organization then cleared the deck for Shweta to get further education in US.

When asked about the funding part of Shweta's education abroad, Robin from 'Kranti' said, "Around 200 people from all over the world have contributed to her education in US. She would be studying Psychology over there. She had told us about her dream and we promised that we will make it happen."

Her mother says that Shweta would come back only after four years. "I am missing her. But I have to make myself strong," she said.