After waging a battle for six years with her husband and in-laws, Parvathi (name changed) decided to walk out of her marriage.

Technical training

Despite confronted with multiple problems from her in-laws and husband, her indomitable spirit made her stand tall against circumstances.

She now takes pleasure in providing free technical training for physically-disabled people on computer hardware. On the eve of the International Women’s Day, close to 200 members of women’s organisation Mahila Chetana have come together to share their unspoken miseries.

After going through traumatic experiences in marriage like physical abuse from husband and advances by other men in the family, many women said they are better off now after stepping out of their marital homes.

Real celebration

“The real celebration for women can be possible only when they are treated on par with men. They should be accepted as they are with dignity. Every year we try to rope in people from all walks of life to share their triumph over insurmountable challenges,” K. Padma of Mahila Chetana said.

HIV

After two-years of marriage, 21-year-old Kavya (name changed), lost both her husband and one-week-old baby to HIV.

“I recently found out that even I am infected. My in-laws and late husband hid the fact that he was infected before our marriage,” she said. She is now trying hard to get her in-laws return Rs.1.5 lakh paid to them as dowry.

A few women in 80s also shared their trauma of old-age like neglect and desertion by children.

K. Anuradha of HRF, Annapurna of APCLC, P.V. Ramana of Committee Against Privatisation, Chelasani Prasad of Virasam, advocate Talluri Suguna, and social activist Krishna Bhai, among others, were present.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, members of Mahila Chetana come together to share their unspoken miseries