Sambhali Trust

Sambhali Trusts' primary objective is to promote self-esteem, economic independence, and the development of educational, vocational and social skills for disadvantaged women and girls within Rajasthani society. We focus our work on women within the Dalit communities, who experience three levels of discrimination based on their caste, their economic situation and their gender. We strongly pursue and encourage the aim of gender equality whilst being sensitive to cultural norms.
Sep 19, 2016

SOS Project update

Here are various case stories from the last 3 months illustrating some of the women that call our HelpLine and the issues that affect them.

GD age 49, Nagore/ Kuchaman city 

“I was married at the age of 17 yrs. I did a nursing course and my husband obtained a BA but he did not work anywhere. I wanted to study further and get a job but he did not allow me to. I tried to talk with my parents but they also said that I had to follow what my in-laws were saying. They have also stopped me from everything. My husband is always suspicious with me and does not let me out of the house”.

 Sambhali took her husband and in-law telephone numbers so we could talk with them about G and explain to them that she should be given a chance to progress in life. We also registered a complaint in the nearby female police station. We tried to convince her husband. He explained that there is no need that she works, but we said it is not only about financial independence but about her personal growth as well. So he promised to support her.

 

 PP Age 21 yrs, Madhav harijan Basti

 P`s husband hit her many times and had thrown her out of their house. She registered a complaint at the police station but no action was taken. P’s husband and sister-in-law came to her mother`s place and started abusing her and tried to burn her with acid. Both mother and daughter rushed to nearest police station and registered complaint but they did not write the correct situation and no action was taken for 4-5 days. P came to Samhali and told us the whole matter. Our Sambhali staff went to the police station and requested to re-write the complaint with the exact details. Her husband was arrested in 2-3 days and we registered a case of domestic violence and that he tried to kill her. Court appointment and a mediator who counselled them made them agree to live together. The expenses were taken care by Sambhali.

 

R. Age 22 years, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

R contacted Sambhali through the Nirbhaya Helpline and told us that one stranger is making calls on her cell phone continuously for the last two – three days and is continuously using vague words for her. She warned that person to not to repeat such activity again but the other person was constantly calling and disturbing her. She called us to ask what steps she needed to take and she also suggested that we should return the call and warn the culprit that a police case will be filed against him.

When this case came to our knowledge, we instantly called that person and warned him that police proceedings can be initiated against him if he was found to commit this mistake again. We were then constantly in touch with R for the next two to three days and then R told us that they are not receiving such calls again.

  

J  Aged 35 years  Bhagat Ki Kothi, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

 We received a call from a woman about J who works as a maid in her house. Miss A. told us that J was displaced out of her own house along with her three children because of a fight that happened between her husband, mother-in-law & her sister-in-law. She reported that when her husband gets drunk frequently he beats her & then her mother-in-law and sister-in-law often get involved in the argument. J lives in her husband’s house but in a separate room which she herself created by taking out a loan. This is the reason that she can’t afford to live in another house. She works as a maid in three houses and through these earnings she repays the loan. She was very much afraid of going home after this incident and she also had a thought of suicide in her mind.

After receiving the call we called the J to the office & took a note of the matter. After that her husband & brother-in-law were also called to the office to which they did not give any response. Then we went to Women Police Station in Ratanada and reported the whole matter to them. Then we went to the J’s house along with the members of the Women Police Station and also with the Police Officers of the area in which there was jurisdiction. Then the order of “Restriction” was issued in which it was instructed that no one will use any violent methods against J & also allow her to enter to the house freely. J. was also advised to not to get into any violent arguments that can lead to a violent outcome. After that we followed up the situation for next two days, in which wecalled the local Police Officer in the same evening and instructed him to visit the place of the incident & the Police Officer reported that everything was normal & peaceful.

 

P. Aged 28 years, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

P. was a student of nursing, and was called to Jodhpur one and half years ago from Koth Putali, Jaipur, as per the influence and guidance of a police constable of Jodhpur Central Jail named “HS”. HS kept P for a period of one and a half years with him on the promise that he will marry her one day. Now P is two months pregnant and the Police constable is now refusing to marry her by giving reasoning that they both belong to a different caste and their parents are also not accepting their relationship. So P contacted us and with our help she wanted to create pressure on HS to marry her.

 

We suggested P to file a case against HS and also told her to involve her family members by telling them the whole issue to which the family members responded in a negative sense. When P reported the FIR to the Police Authorities, the Superintendent of Police gave a deadline to both the parties to get married in one or two days. Then HS contacted us to get the marriage ceremony done and we proceeded further and got the registration of the marriage done.

Jun 21, 2016

Project Update

Attending hospital for check-up and diagnosis
Attending hospital for check-up and diagnosis

In March we held a health camp for the women of the Microcredit Project in Setrawa village, 100km west of Jodhpur in the semi-arid desert area. They all came to Jodhpur and were seen by the doctors at the SONAA hospital. The women had a variety of problems including:

  • Back pain and lower-back pain
  • Thyroid check-up, sonography and lymph node checks
  • Low haemoglobin
  • Gynaecological problems – infections and minor procedures required
  • Chesty cough
  • Knee pain
  • Mental illness

All these women received medication or treatment through the  hospital paid for by Sambhali Trust through your generous donations.

In the 3 months since beginning of March we have dealt with 25 medical cases, 7 domestic abuse cases, 2 forced marriages, 1 sexual abuse case and 2 others.  The medical cases also receiving your donations included 2 more gynaecological cases, those with asthma and knee pain as well as 2 long-term cases we have at present for monthly kidney dialysis treatment and diabetes medication.

The very common cause of domestic violence is alcohol-related as in these 2 examples.

Case Story 1 – Domestic Violence

B. is 26 years old, a student of one of Sambhali’s empowerment centres. She has been married for 15 years and has 2 children. Her husband drinks often and beats her. Whatever he earns he spends on himself. He keeps friendships with girls and in 2011 he ran away with another girl from their neighbourhood. He was then caught when B registered a complaint against him. He was told not to have any more extra-marital relationships. In May 2016, B became suspicious again and was beaten by her husband, so she came to Sambhali for help. We asked her to register a complaint with the police, but B wanted Sambhali to intervene and talk to her in-laws; however on meeting, they became physically abusive. So we went to the police station to register the complaint and asked for police protection for B. Her husband was given 4 days in prison. Following this we were provided with photographic evidence of his misdemeanours and he was called to the police station and reprimanded again.

 Case story 2 – Domestic violence

 R. has been married for 20 years and has 3 children. Her husband drinks and beats her almost every night. He rarely gives her money for household expenses and whatever he earns he spends on alcohol. Also, whatever R. is earning herself, is taken away by her husband. Five years ago, he also had a relationship with another woman whom he also supported financially. R opposed this behaviour and was consequently physically abused. Earlier this year, she was beaten again and finally she went to stay at her mother’s house. She wanted to take action against her husband and for him to leave the other woman.

Sambhali took R to the police station to get her case registered. The Women Protection and Advisory Centre asked her husband to go to the police station, where they told him to leave this other woman and stop drinking and being physically abusive towards R.  Three days later, her husband went again to the other woman’s house; Ravita’s brother got to hear of this and we informed the police so that the husband and this woman could be put in jail. They were given a demand and told not to be in touch with each other, nor beat R, otherwise they would be in jail for longer.

Receiving consultation from doctor
Receiving consultation from doctor
Diagnosing her health problem
Diagnosing her health problem
Getting diagnosis and prescribed treatment
Getting diagnosis and prescribed treatment
Visiting doctor to obtain diagnosis and treatment
Visiting doctor to obtain diagnosis and treatment
Mar 22, 2016

Pooja update

Welcome back at the boarding home, Pooja!

After her 5-day-stay in the hospital, Pooja and her mother came back to the boarding home. All the girls were happy to see her again. Since her operation, they had been asking for her return daily. Pooja herself seemed to be very exhausted that day. Her transport to the boarding home by van and the curious questions of all the girls around her were a big contrast to the silence she had enjoyed in the hospital the days before.

Pooja's mother stayed with her for some more days to help Pooja to wash herself and to change clothes as well as providing her with mental support, especially during the morning time when all the other girls had to go to school and she was left alone.

Medical check-ups at the boarding home

For the first few days after her return to the boarding home, the doctor came to see Pooja twice a day. He gave her injections against her pain and several other medicines for her leg.

Physio for Pooja

From the 15th February to the 4th March 2016, Pooja went to the physio every morning, together with a Sambhali Trust staff member and a volunteer, for 45 minutes. The physiotherapist was very friendly and encouraged Pooja daily to do some exercises at the boarding home herself.

During this period of time, the doctor changed Pooja's bandage several times and on her last day of physio, he removed it completely.

Since Pooja does not go to the hospital for her physio any more, she exercises herself every morning, while the other girls are at school. And additionally, in the afternoon, when the volunteers come to the boarding home, one of them exercises with her again for 45 minutes.

We wish you all the best, Pooja!

It is amazing to see Pooja making progress so fast. In the beginning, she could hardly stand by herself, but by now, she is already able to walk on her own. When the volunteers play outside with the boarding home girls in the afternoon, Pooja keeps on practising to walk the whole time and the other girls are always willing to help her. The sisterhood among the girls is really impressive.

We are also very glad to see, that she does not only practise walking, but at the same time tries to learn everything she missed at school during the last month.

We at Sambhali Trust are very proud of Pooja and wish her all the best for her further recovery!

 
   

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