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Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India

by Sambhali Trust
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Help women victims of Domestic Violence in India
Mar 22, 2016

SOS Project Update

In 2015

SOS Panaah Services had 51 cases: 39 medical; 2 legal and 10 other. These women approach Sambhali when there is critical need; where Sambhali are able to help provide counselling and support as well as financial help with medical operations and treatment as well as legal aid when filing cases for divorce.

Nirbhaya Telephone HelpLine is a phone line available 12 hours a day and we have a dedicated member of staff, Mrs Manju Mehta who will take the calls and provide the assistance and help required. Most of the 308 calls are in connection with verbal harassment followed by domestic abuse cases, sexual abuse, forced marriage.

There are 2 cases that we help with long-term treatment until we can find an alternative source of funding:

1.Weekly dialysis for a woman with kidney disease

2. Medication for a woman with diabetes who also requires monitoring.

 Some examples of the SOS case stories helped by Sambhali:

1. Case: Domestic Abuse

S has two children.  Her husband beats her regularly, so she went to the police station to complain about him. The policemen then went to see her husband and talked to him, but the behaviour of S´s husband didn´t change – he beat her again. So S went to the police station again, but this time nobody wanted to talk to her. The policemen just ignored her.

S approached Sambhali to help her.

 Assistance provided by Sambhali:

We quickly phoned the police station to talk about S´s case. We asked them to arrest her husband so that she won´t face that domestic violence again. The police´s answer was that they will do that and and charge S's husband with this offence.

2. Case: Verbal Harassment

T. was married about 10 months previously in January 2015.The marriage took place quickly after 3 months following from the ring ceremony. T faced taunts and sarcastic remarks from her in-laws about dowry and other matters. T is the 2nd child of her parents, she has one elder sister and this is possibly the reason for a higher demand of dowry from the in-laws. T was educated and tried to adjust with her in-laws for seven months without telling anything to her family but when after some time she couldn´t handle it, she told them everything.

 Assistance provided by Sambhali:

We suggested to file a case against them for dowry and domestic violence and if she can´t see any future with her husband she should take divorce and can take time for mental harassment and continue with her studies for C.A. or C.S.

Final outcome:   T filed the case in the court and explained that she can´t adjust with her husband and in-laws and there is no future of her with her husband. Therefore she can file a case for divorce after 6 months and till then she will get maintenance. 

3. Case: Rape

V’s mother and father stay in Rameshwar Nagar, Jodhpur because they are doing construction work here. There was also another worker who came two days previously and who was staying near her house. The next day, V’s father went to Pratapgarh and this other worker took V to another place meanwhile and raped her. The next morning he dropped V near her house in a bad condition. There was a lot of blood.  After that she was brought to a hospital by the police. Then an unknown lady phoned Sambhali to say that the hospital is not really taking care of V. 

Assistance provided by Sambhali:

Immediately we went to the hospital and talked to the doctor and the nurse about her condition. We asked them to take care of her and met V’s father to give him 2000 Rps and we said to him that we will help him anytime. We said to the doctor that he should organise appropriate treatment and then whenever he needs financial help with the medication he should let us know.

Now Sambhali is also considering helping the father with a legal case against this man who raped his daughter. We suggested to file a case against the manager of the architecture company who employed this man who raped V because he did not check the credentials of this man - who is a criminal and escaped from jail -  before employing him.

4. Domestic violence/sexual harassment

In absence of S’s husband and brother-in-law, a neighbour came and started harassing and eve-teasing S. She started shouting, so her in-laws and children came. When they tried to catch the neighbour, he started beating everyone and tore the kids’ clothes. After being beaten up, S says that she fell unconscious and was hospitalised for three or four days. The police is only registering a case of violence, and not sexual harassment. S’s brother-in-law is asking for help, so that the police can register the case properly and they can get justice.

Assistance provided by Sambhali:

Sambhali Trust has informed the Garima female helpline in Jaipur and the State Women Department of S. case’s and S needs to provide the staff at the Garima Helpline in Jaipur with all the proof and discuss with them her case.

5. Medical need

M. 35 years, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

M was suffering due to a fracture previously and has since suffered pain and swollen legs continuously. She also felt weak and dizzy. According to these problems she is physically not able to work. The doctor diagnosed her with diabetes and a high blood pressure. Sambhali provided her financial help for a treatment from a doctor as well as the necessary medicine.

The doctor recommended regular observations for the next 2-3 month for checking the sugar level and the blood pressure.

6. Case: Sexual abuse

M S a 22 year old woman from Pali Marwar in Jodhpur. M was working in a private school as a teacher. The headmaster of the school was previously a reporter and now he owns this school.  He called M for some work in the classroom.  She went to the classroom and got sexually abused by the headmaster. After that he blackmailed her with some photos he took while they have been in the classroom. In the meantime she got pregnant and their parents became aware of the situation. The parents filed a complaint against the headmaster with the police, but unfortunately because of the delay, the police were unable to arrest the headmaster as it was over 2 months before that the incident happened.  The headmaster used to torture M and her family to offer them some money and close the case. M and her parents did not take the money and wanted justice.

Assitance provided by Sambhali:

We supported her in the way of arranging a meeting with the General Inspector and the Senior Inspector of Jodhpur Police.  The General Inspector ordered the Pali Police station to send the case to the Jodhpur police station. After that the police could finally arrest the headmaster.

7. Case: Sexual Abuse:    

A is an 11 year old girl and her mother phoned Sambhali. On the way home from school in the school van, the driver dropped all of the students until it was just A left in the van. He then proceeded to rape her. When she arrived home, A was crying a lot and her condition was not good.

Assistance provided by Sambhali:

Sambhali quickly raised a complaint at the police station and they asked for a written statement from A. They also ordered the arrest of the man (under the Pokso Act) and asked the school to take action and file complaints against the van driver. We also provided her mother with the number of the women’s police helpline in Jaipur.

After the police complaint, and providing the statement, the police quickly arrested the man and alerted the school staff to this kind of case. The staff supported us in helping to arrest the driver.

 

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Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
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Govind Rathore
Jodhpur, Rajasthan India

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