1. S. Domestic Abuse
J called to say that her sister S who lives in Raigarh in Rajasthan had some issues and was asked to give the Sambhali HelpLine number to her sister. Her sister duly called and discussed the problems she was having with her husband who regularly beat her throughout their 16-year marriage. Now he is drinking a lot and bringing a friend home to drink with him. They then start to misbehave with her. She doesn’t feel safe in the house anymore and she has children to look after. She didn’t want to stay with her parents nor with her husband. Sambhali’s counsellor asked her if she had any neighbours to help her and the counsellor spoke with them to suggest that she contact the Department of Women & Child Development and the Women’s Welfare Centre in Jodhpur to tell them her problems so that she could be helped by the Nari Niketan Trust who helps women seek refuge and provides a safe home.
2. D Verbal Harassment
D called from Jaipur where she has been living and studying at college there for the last 2 years. She is living in a guest house as a paying guest. She said she had been upset for the last 3 days because she repeatedly gets calls from an unknown caller. Even though she blacklisted the number, he then began to call from another number. This was making her increasingly distressed and had stopped her going to college for the last 3 days.
Sambhali’s counsellor advised her not to panic and gave her the number of the Women’s Police HelpLine in Jaipur and she could ask for their help to stop these nuisance calls.
3. D. Other
DS called from Barmer, west of Jodhpur, about his sister D. D’s husband has left her and she remains living with her in-laws, who are troubled by her. She has 2 children and her in-laws don’t help to feed them, so she is very unhappy. DS came to Sambhali to meet with our counsellor. He said that he could keep his sister for a while but not a long time – and asked for advice. He said that she is not educated.
Sambhali advised that his sister could be given accommodation as part-payment for a cleaning job in a girls’ hostel, where she could receive financial support and be able to stay safely. Now she is living with her 2 children at the Dusari Girls’ Hostel, and her daughter is also studying there.
4. U. Verbal Harassment
U called to say that she was in difficult circumstances both financially and socially. 6 years ago she made a love marriage to a boy in an untouchable caste. Her parents severed their relationship with her and her family. They left Jodhpur and went to live in Delhi. Now she feels very lonely. She has had 3 daughters in the last 5 years. Her husband works as a painter but earns little money and has now started drinking. She is upset by this and feels isolated and doesn’t know what to do.
Sambhali invited her to come and participate in the Graduate’s Sewing Centre, where she could learn to sew and after a few months earn 3000-4000rs comfortably. U has since joined the Sewing Centre and is learning to sew and starting to earn an income, thereby helping give her the financial help she needs as well as being with other women she can socialise with.
5. K Medical help
K has been a participant in the Fatima Empowerment Centre in Sambhali for the last 11 months. For one year she had been suffering from gynaecological problems but didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. She hadn’t enough money to go and see a good doctor nor provide the medicine she needed. K eventually divulged this to a friend, who then told the Sambhali staff of her problems. She agreed to go to a good gynaecologist and so Sambhali provided her with the financial assistance she needed and her treatment started. She is now feeling much better.
We were also able to provide in February 2 Health camps for the women in our Self-Help Groups in Setrawa and Jodhpur (nearly 150 women altogether). Attachments: