Thank you for taking out the time to help me.
I’m Muskaan Palod (they/them), a 20-year-old queer non-binary trans person and I am a survivor of domestic abuse. I have recently escaped my house in Ahmedabad, India, in a minute of severe physical abuse wherein multiple members of my family assaulted me. I am currently living at a friend’s home and have no access to any money. Even my own bank account is inaccessible (my family has denied me access to it). Since the escape was unplanned, I have to start my life from scratch - which means I need essentials like clothing (down to undergarments), food, housing, even healthcare facilities like, treatment for PCOD, and mental ill-health, all of which are needed for my survival. I also need help to fund my education - I have secured a place at Azim Premji University, Bangalore for my masters course. My immediate goal is to raise 3 lakhs in the next two weeks.
This instance of abuse is not the first that I have had to face. It is also not the only kind of abuse I have had to face. My family has repeatedly denied me access to healthcare by rejecting the diagnosis given by medical professionals, denying me medical intervention and coercing me into using pseudo-scientific means. There have been instances where they have forced me to eat rotten food, locked me in a car as punishment, suggested conversion therapy when I came out to them -- a lot more has occurred. It is hard to recount all of it.
But I have escaped now and require help. I have set-up a bank account and am also on the look-out for paid gigs to support myself, but haven't had any luck yet. I am a graduate in psychology and sociology and I’m looking forward to working in the field of public health, more specifically mental health. I am very passionate about creating dialogue that is feminist, anti-caste and trauma-informed. Creating safe spaces is extremely important to me, and as of now I am in need of a safe space. I need your help to live a life of dignity, health and respect.
I hope you can extend support to me.