By Atul Lekhra - Manager- Online Donor Communication
Thank you so much for supporting our Short Stay Home programme – fighting against injustice and violence against women. Many women who leave an abusive life lack support from their family or community. Analysis of the cases handled by the Short Stay Home shows that reporting of violence is increasing and that a high percentage of women are abused by their own families for various reasons. Our Short Stay Home for women and girls provides a safe haven for these women and their children, and offers counseling and legal advice.
Juhi (name changed) got married when she was in 10th grade (around the age of 16). Her husband was an alcoholic and used to beat her often. Juhi refused to tolerate this violence and returned to her parents' house after a year. She then sat the 12 grade exams and passed. Her husband found her and convinced her to return home. But things didn't improve much. He continued to behave violently so she fled once more to her parents' house. She then had the opportunity to attend a five-day training course on gender and life skills conducted by Seva Mandir. As her husband continued to harass her she decided to not to return to his house. Juhi was then persuaded by the youth leaders and Seva Mandir staff started looking for a job for her. She has now found a job and is currently working in Udaipur. She is one among the many women who are supported by Seva Mandir.
This is just one of the stories of cruelty and abuse affecting women living at the Short Stay Home. However, the reality is more often difficult to face, especially when violence becomes endemic and it's fuelled by social diseases such as alcoholism.
Your contribution has already been an essential factor in helping us making a difference, as many women 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.
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