Support 5000 women out of sexual & economic abuse

by Karuna Trust
Dec 13, 2007

An example of how the project helps with cases of domestic violence…

This is a case of torture and harassment of a recently married girl, Shaikh Nasreen.

Nasreen got married at the age of 19 in 2005. Her father gave Rs. 15,000 cash ($380) as a dowry, jewelry and household items worth $1000 as a gift.

After her marriage she continued studying and got a first class mark in her 10th standard exam. Her teachers were very encouraging of her, but after her success, her husband started abusing her.

For 2 days she was locked in a room and not provided with food and water. Her husband and his family asked her to get a fridge, colour TV and washing machine from her parents and demanded money to buy a car. She refused their demands and said that her father was already in debt, and was not able to give a single penny.

After a few days, while she was sleeping, they poured kerosene in her room, locked the door and set it on fire. Fortunately, she survived.

After this she went to her parent's house and told them everything that had happened. However, her parents said she had to bear with the situation and sent her back to her husband's place. She went back and the abuse continued.

Finally she contacted the ‘Flying Squad’ project volunteers. They interceded with her parents and encouraged them to take Nasreen back and also helped her to register a case against her husband in the police station. Nasreen now lives with her parents and has recently found out that she is pregnant.

  • shelly
    shelly it is a shame that men like that roam the streets of India ...the institution of dowry has been able to survive in India primarily because of the lack of education,poverty and the general idea that a woman is lesser than a man and so her parents have to literally buy her a life ny giving money to her husband
    • 10 years ago
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  • mcotter
    mcotter It is so sad to hear of women being abused but if more people knew that these horrible things were going on in the world more people would be protesting and trying to help. It amazes me when I talk to people that don't know things like this go on in the world. Women need a stronger voice. We need more Flying Squads.
    • 10 years ago
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  • Joan Ochi
    Joan Ochi Thank you for sharing this moving story, and for the work you are doing. I hope many more women like Nasreen benefit from this project.
    • 9 years ago
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Karuna Trust

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Steven Murdoch
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