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Dec 16, 2016

SOS Project Update

From September-November 2016

Total telephone calls: 80

Total cases: 49 of which:

20 Domestic Abuse

2 Forced Marriages

15 Verbal Abuse

10 Medical cases

4 Sexual Abuse cases

1 Legal case

1 Other

 Phonecalls to the Toll-free Nirbhaya HelpLine that Sambhali Trust runs, come from far and wide across India- from Delhi in the north to Mumbai in the south. This shows the reach that this HelpLine has and it's necessity for the women who call. Because of the large distances involved in India and even within the state of Rajasthan, it is impossible to always see the women in person, so in these cases the women are given the numbers of women police station or authorities that will help them in their local area. Sambhali Trust has a dedicated member of staff who takes the calls and who is able to counsel the caller on the line and offer her the best advice and course of action. 

These are just a few of the stories of the women whom Sambhali helped in the last 3 months.

Case stories

1. An 18 year old girl from Bhilwara called to complain about her father who wants her to get married to a man twice her age because in return, the man’s sister would marry the girl’s uncle. However, the mother of the proposed groom and also the man himself refused which led to the father repeatedly beating the girl and verbally abusing her.

After discussions with Sambhali friends close to the girl have suggested to lodge a complaint against her father to stop torturing her

2. A 28 year old young woman from Nagori Gate in Jodhpur called to say that she had tried to commit suicide but her father saved her. She is very upset with her mother-in-law who uses abusive language towards her and no-one lets her out of the house. When she tells her father, he scolds her. She is educated and wants to get a job and have a better life.

Sambhali called her husband and told him everything. The young woman came with her father to Sambhali Trust to discuss the situation. It was decided that until the time her mother-in-law could behave better towards her, then she would stay with her parents. The husband would call his sister to make the mother understand and he promises to make things better.

 3. A 40 year old woman from Delhi called about her sister who lives in Kota and unfortunately is infertile. She and her husband adopted a girl child but the sister-in-law came to her house and beat her and even the little young girl a lot. There is a dispute about the property and whose name it should be in. The sister-in-law threatened to kill them if they informed the police.

Sambhali suggested to ignore the threats and inform the female police station in Kota.

 4. A woman called from her village in Rajasthan to say that her husband is drinking a lot and beating her. She has been suffering from domestic violence for the last 5 years and now feels she wants to complain.

 Sambhali suggested that she made a complaint to the nearest female police station to their village so that they can go and talk to the husband.

 5. A 32 year old woman, N,  from Kota in Rajasthan called to say that she was very depressed in her married life because her husband is not caring towards her; her in-laws’ family is very orthodox and her father-in-law verbally abuses her. She has decided to live separately to her husband, but found she still wasn’t happy and so decided to approach Sambhali Trust to ask for counselling.  When N. called Sambhali, a member of the Sambhali team counselled her about her problems she was having and suggested having more trust and communication with her husband. The staff member called N’s husband and told him that N. had rung asking for help, the issues that troubled her, about her mental state and how she is feeling very alone as her parents are also not talking to her; there was nobody that she could talk to or trust. Sambhali encouraged N’s husband to try and talk to her, give her some quality time and discuss what matters to her so that she feels he understands her and is supporting her. He promised to do this and two days later he called back to say that some good changes have happened after this counselling.

Oct 10, 2016

School Scholarship Update

Nandani and Rajnandani
Nandani and Rajnandani

We are delighted through our current donations we are able to sponsor a further 2 girls to go to school. They are sisters: Nandani, who is 8 years old and Rajnandani who is 7 years old.

 Nandani studies in the 2nd year and Rajnandani studies in the 1st year; they are both attending Sagar Public School in Prithvipura, an area in Jodhpur close to where they live. Their parents are labourers, which is very hard work and earns little money. 

It is early days at school but already Nandani feels she would like to work in the Police Department because she says she wants to catch thieves and those people who behave badly.  At the moment she enjoys her new adventure at school and her favourite subject is Hindi.

 Rajnandani says she would like to become a doctor because she wants to help poor people.  She enjoys studying, dancing, playing and ‘travelling’ (getting out of her living quarters and travelling to school etc…).  Her favourite subject is English.

 Sambhali’s Scholarship Programme has been going for 9 years and last year there were 192 children being sponsored last year including 22 girls in Sambhali’s own Boarding Home in Jodhpur.

 

1st to 5th class 107 children.

6th to 8th class 36 children.

9th to 10th Class 24 children.

11th to 12th class 13 children.

In College 12 children.

 

Here are a few examples of the older students:

 Monica and Deeksha have completed their computer course in Computer Concepts; Monica and Deeksha together with Aman have also finished their studies in Hotel Management and are now in their final year for their BA. Monica is also now working as Assistant Manager at Durag Niwas Guest House and assists with administrative work for the Sambhali Scholarship Programme.

 Reena is in her final year of competing a B.A.

 Poonam has finished her studies at school and she is now preparing for her pre-medical entrance test. This exam is taken to assess whether the student has the ability to study to become a nurse or a doctor. Her sister Chandrika is going to work at Sambhali as a Hindi tutor earn money to make sure that Poonam does not get financial problems to become a doctor or a nurse. It is very expensive to take on a medical career in India. Chandrika is also studying for a B Ed to become a professional teacher herself.

 Shashikala finished her school studies and now she is studying at college on a computer course.

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.

 
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