Bangalore: For Ramya, whose world came crashing down last Friday after her "lover" chopped off her hand for rejecting his offer of marriage, recovery seems far away. But there is one thing that she has not let go off hope. Lying on her bed at the Victoria Hospital, she says: "Once I recover from the injury, I want to continue working as a nurse."
Ramya's right hand was severed a little below the elbow and even if she is fitted with an artificial limb, she may never be able to work as a nurse as it involves a lot of skill and dexterity, say her well-wishers and the doctors treating her.
Hailing from Kannur in Kerala, Ramya was trained as an Auxillary Nurse Midwife there and she came to Bangalore one-and-a-half years ago for work. She had been working as a nurse in the Ashwini Nursing Home for six months. Her father is a farmer and they barely make both ends meet. On the fateful day, Jenny Vijay, who had reportedly been asking her to marry him for sometime, barged into the nurses' quarters in the hospital and allegedly attacked Ramya for refusing to marry him.
Violence on the rise
Ramya's is not an isolated case. Thousands of women are becoming victims of violence and the number of such cases is on the increase.
Counsellors at the Vanita Sahayavani, a women's helpline in the office of the City Police Commissioner, say the cases of violence against women and harassment are on the rise.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, although the overall crime rate is on the decrease in India, crime against women has gone up from 1,54,333 in 2004 to 1,55,553 in 2005.
In Bangalore, 1,488 cases of crime against women were registered in 2005 and the city has been rated third in the country with regard to crime against women.
"Every day we hear of and witness various crimes against women. What is shocking is society's tolerance of violence. The fact that a lot of violence against women is being justified is worrying. The media, especially television, has to be partially blamed as most of the serials and movies glorify violence against women," said Donna Fernandes of Vimochana Forum for Women's Rights.
Asked if she is angry, Ramya blames it on her fate. "Maybe if I had not come in contact with him, I would never have lost my hand," she says.
The Kerala Samajam, Cantonment Zone, has come forward to help Ramya George, whose hand was severed by her "boyfriend" on November 10. An account has been opened in her name Ramya George Welfare Fund with the Federal Bank, R.T. Nagar branch. The account number is 550. Those who wish to contribute may call 9845034553 or 9448071355 for more details.