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Brought back from the brink

About a year ago, Kavita, having lost all hope for a happy life, was considering suicide. Abandoned by her family she felt lost and hopeless, but then she found our Snehadhar team, dedicated to helping women in distress, who gave her hope and a new meaning to her existence.

Growing up in a small village, Kavita the girl dreamt of leading a self-sufficient life with a loving family and doting husband. While studying to become a teacher, she became friends with Anil. When their friendship turned into love they decided to marry - it seemed her dreams would be realised. However, Anil’s family was against the relationship based on the poor financial status of Kavita’s family and refused the union.

Unable to marry Anil, her family married her off to another man. Unknown to them at the time, he was undergoing treatment for psychological problems. Soon he started harassing her mentally and physically. Her in laws were no help, warning her against telling anyone about her husband’s illness. The atrocities by her husband became worse. One day, Kavita could bear it no more. She tried to talk to her in laws, but her appeals went unheard. So, she fled from husband’s home and went to her father, but his financial condition and social pressure made them helpless to support her and instead they brought her to Snehalaya. Here she was provided temporary shelter, food, clothing, psychological support and legal aid to register a case for separation from her husband. Gradually, Kavita recovered from her depression.

Now she is helping as a superintendent in our women’s shelter supporting others fleeing persecution, violence and more while also studying for the civil service examination that will ensure her independence and the self-sufficient life she dreamed of.

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