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Married to a violent alcoholic

After being resettled, I lived alone with my sister, who was unmarried. The residents of the area were worried about my fate.

They gave me in marriage to a violent alcoholic. He abused me, even when I was 3 months pregnant – so I had to divorce him. I wanted nothing to do with him. I run a shop in order to look after my daughter – she is 3 years old now. We make Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 a day, and I support the four of us, (including my father and mother) with this money.

My one wish is to give my daughter a better life.”

The wish to protect and educate their children, was often repeated among the women Groundviews spoke to. This desire gave these women the will to endure, even in the face of psychological torture.

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