Support Abused Women in India

by Seva Mandir
Support Abused Women in India
Neha with her Daughter at the Shelter Home
Neha with her Daughter at the Shelter Home

The state of Rajasthan is currently among the top three states with maximum crimes against women. Around forty women are reporting to officials daily that they are victims of domestic abuse. In the area of Seva Mandir’s work (Tribal areas) there are no institutional centers that can directly provide help to the abused women. In an effort to rectify this, Seva Mandir created the Shelter Home for abused women to provide refuge, rehabilitation and empowerment. Last year, Seva Mandir’s Shelter Home accommodated 99 women and has successfully rehabilitated 83 women.

Each women that comes to the Shelter home comes from an extremely toxic environment that is psychologically damaging and some are even unable to share their experiences Seva Mandir’s Shelter home provides psychological counseling to overcome their trauma. A woman can stay up to three years with her children in the shelter home. Legal counseling and financial counseling are also provided to the distressed women to overcome the situation.

One of the women, Neha (name changed), is empowered by Seva Mandir’s program and is now successfully reintegrated into society. Neha and her husband Rishi are living together for the past three years in Udaipur. Three years ago, they had a very loving marriage. However things fall south fast as the newlyweds have to live with Sanjay, Rishi’s abusive father. Sanjay has extreme mood swings and frequently turns abusive towards Neha and her children. Unfortunately, Rishi’s also commits abuse along with his father. Neha, out of desperation, almost commits suicide after repeatedly suffering abuse.

Due to Seva Mandir outreach efforts Shelter Home employees were able to help remove Neha from that environment and counsel the family successfully.

Since 2004 Seva Mandir’s shelter home has represented an anchorage for women seeking refugee from abuse and violence, giving them access to safety and justice.

On June 15th you have a fine opportunity to make your contribution go deeper to these women in our Provide a safe home for 130 abused women in India” project! On June 15th 2016, Global Giving is celebrating Bonus Day, and so all donations will be boosted by 50%! [from 9:00:01 EDT to 23:59:59 EDT (time in your city)]. Please join Seva Mandir’s campaign to help end domestic abuse against women by donating on June 15ththrough Global Giving.

With your precious support we have been and we will able to translate Seva Mandir's commitment into a meaningful change, thus helping women to get out from the spiral of domestic violence.

We do hope for your continued support to our Shelter Home. We look forward to receive your feedback and comments. Please do reach out to us at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org.

With Best Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Neha and her Husband during Counselling Session
Neha and her Husband during Counselling Session

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Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for supporting our Shelter home  – fighting against injustice and voilence against women.  Today, I would like you to meet Priya (name changed) who comes from a rural area close to Udaipur city in southern Rajasthan (India) . In 2003 she got married and after some time two beautiful children enriched and completed her family. Around eight years after marriage, problems started, as her husband started drinking and beating her regularly. Priya endured domestic assault for several months, during which she was also suspecting her husband having another extramarital relationship.

In March 2013 Priya arrived for the first time at Seva Mandir's Short Stay Home. Since then, she has resided in there three times, during which she was given full assistance, she was counselled and joint meetings with her husband were held to help the couple to get over the difficulties. The husband tried to take her back for several times, but his promises of not beating her and not drinking anymore failed as the violence took place again.

Today Priya is a resident of the Short Stay Home. She came back for the fourth time in February 2015, and she has been living there for almost a year. During her last staying she had also found a job in a nearby Mall. Priya has been supported and counselled, legally adviced and guided, in order to help her making the best decision and start a new life. Many efforts have been taken to deal with the plight and Seva Mandir helped her during her staying to find a job and to become financially and emotionally independent.

This is just one of the stories of rejection, cruelty and abuse affecting women living at the Short Stay Home. Many of them have happily gone back home, re-establishing old bonds with their husbands. However, as Priya's case shows, the reality is more often difficult to face, especially when violence becomes endemic and it's fuelled by social diseases such as alcoholism.

Seva Mandir's Short Stay Home was established in 2004 and since than it has represented an anchorage for women seeking refugee from abuse and violence, giving them access to safety and justice.

Your contribution has already been an essential factor in helping us making a difference, as many women such as Priya has been supported legally, economically and emotionally. With your precious support we have been and we will able to translate Seva Mandir's commitment into a meaningful change, thus helping women to get out from the spiral of gender and domestic violence.

We do hope for your continued support to our Shelter Home. If your travel brings you to this part of the world, please do consider visiting Seva Mandir.

With Best Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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Ronak Shah
Udaipur, Rajasthan India
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