A SURVIVOR’S TALE
Fighting domestic violence.
Survivor, what does the word mean? As per the Cambridge English dictionary the word means “a person who continues to live, despite nearly dying”. Death is not just organic – death happens at many other levels as well.
I too survived death in the hands of someone whom I had loved the most and in whom I had put all my faith. Yes, I am a survivor of extreme domestic violence in the hands of my ex-husband. There is no shame in it, no cry for pity, just a statement that I make to reach out to you all who have been in similar situations and have no one to share the pains with. It is also an attempt to educate and sensitise others who have been lucky not to experience it.
It’s still taboo to talk about such issues in our “cultured” society. I am just sharing my real-life story trying to bust some myths and also inform the public about how hard it gets to break the circle of violence.
Intimate partner-violence is a public health concern. We still need to do much in the direction of preventing this social disease.
08/06/2014…around 8 pm in some small town of eastern UP a woman was dragged by her hair on the concrete road by her husband. She cried out for help, she pleaded her tormentor to have mercy and leave her. Her only crime being to come out of their home out of fear of his fury. An altercation a few moments ago made her nervous. She suffered PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) due to last 16 years of recurrent episodes of violence. The only reason she lives on is because the neighbours intervened at the right time, or else either she would have been killed or crippled on that fateful day.