Domestic violence survivor, Sajida of Hyderabad, had the courage to stand up against the injustice and to demand punishment for her husband
Sajida, a mother of two teenage daughters, was crushed in to pieces when she discovered that her husband was sexually abusing the girls. With support of Oxfam India partner Shaheen Resource Centre for Women, Sajida who hails from Hyderabad, is standing firm, demanding punishment for her husband and justice for her daughters.
The horror unfolded for Sajida, when she returned home early one day and discovered that her husband has been sexually harassing her two daughters. All she could do then was to embrace them tightly, tears rolling down her cheeks. “My girls were petrified. They don’t even understand the enormity of what has happened to them,” recalled Sajida, who also discovered that the abuse had been going on for a year.
Sajida confronted her husband who started begging her forgiveness. Unconvinced, Sajida went to the nearest police station to file First Information Report a medical examination of the victims confirmed sexual abuse..
Sajida’s daughters narrated daily incidents of abuse to the medical practitioner. “ My entire world collapsed around me,” recalled Sajida who moved out of the house and the Shaheen Resource Centre for Women provided counseling and legal advice to Sajida who filed for divorce.
Oxfam India’s Support Centres, link survivors and complainants of violence with support like medical, legal, judicial and shelter services along with counseling , are located within the Police system. This helps create an emotional, physical, mental and legal space for the women.
Sajida drew strength and support from Oxfam India’s partner organisation which guided her. “My concerns are my daughters. Will they be able to lead a normal life like other girls?” added Sajida.
Counselors at the Centre address her concerns and help her to deal with the problem head-on. Sajida is now convinced that by giving her daughters the right education, constant support love and protection she can help them lead a normal life.
She continues to seek punishment for her husband, “his repentance is not enough.”
Oxfam India’s initiative has successfully handled 1806 cases through four centres already established in women police stations in Basheerbagh, Anantapur, Warangal and Karimnagar.