My name is Seema. As a social activist, I aspire to reach out to the remote areas of our country and help women, children and the elderly to access direct justice. I am dedicated to my mission of teaching legal and civic awareness to women so that the women trained are not only self reliant but are also prepared to help those in need around them.
Over the years, I have worked across the length and breadth of the country crossing paths with numerous women who are caught in the webs of despair, angst and helplessness. With strong gender biases and societal pressure, most of the women had lost even the last glimmer of hope and see an end to life as their only option. Here are some heart breaking stories of a few of our
champions who came out strong and continue their life joyfully.
Case 1: Graphic of a domestic violence scene
Anita (name changed) was beaten up by her husband from the early days of her wedding. Being a drunkard, her husband often came home drunk and would beat her up. Like in most cases, she saw this as part and parcel of married life. A few years down, her husband started throwing her and the
children out of the house and hurt her by burning her skin with beedi and scratching her with a knife. Living in despair, she endured it all till her husband molested their own child. That’s when she ran away and started living with her mother and started working as household help to make ends
meat. This is when she heard of our legal awareness class and visited us and asked for help. Anjana, our paralegal volunteer helped her legally register a complaint at DLSA for domestic violence. The couple were
counselled by the police women helpline and decided to live together only after an agreement was signed by him which stated her terms & conditions. Today, they are living together happily.
Case 2: Gender discrimination and domestic violence
Abha’s (name changed) misfortune started when she delivered a girl the second time. In anticipation of a boy child, her husband lost all his humanity when he got to know he’s had a daughter, threatening to kill the child. In order to save herself and her children from any harm, she
ran away to her parent’s home. Hearing of our awareness program she came to meet us and we explained to her the PWDV law and went with her to complain at the Nirbhaya Parakosht office. Hearing this, her husband ran away and couldn’t be found. Today, she lives with her parents and is
taking tailoring classes.
These very moments of hopelessness have made me realize the power of legal & civic awareness.
Over a few years, I have gradually started training women in the capacity of a paralegal and am currently training 30+ women to become paralegal by 2019 year.
Currently I am also conducting legal awareness classes in Khumaira, Nala, bansu, Bhaisari, Ukhimath. Baheri, Jhajunagar, Gareebpura, Kanchanpur, Bhakava, Indupur, Dewgain villages, focusing primarily on stopping domestic violence, child sexual abuse and helping poor girls education.
I have currently worked in 7 states but it’s my wish to cover the whole of India. Please help me fulfill my dream by contributing towards my project or sharing this fund raiser with your friends and family.
“Each time a woman stands for herself, she stands for all women”- Maya Angelou