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Park Street rape victim gets job at women helpline

PTI  Kolkata, May 27, 2013
First Published: 12:51 IST(27/5/2013) | Last Updated: 13:17 IST(27/5/2013)

After waiting almost for a year, the Park Street victim has finally landed on a job. Her efforts have finally borne fruit, as she got a job at a women helpline to help survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

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"I have this mission of empowering rape victims like me. With this job, I embark upon a new journey," she said, adding that the job was also helping her heal past wounds.

Besides handling the stigma after the incident last year, it was also getting difficult for the 37-year-old Anglo-Indian single mother to raise her two children without a job.

"I found her and the entire family totally distressed, both mentally and financially. So I offered her a job in the helpline," activist Santasree Chaudhuri said.

Founded by Chaudhuri, the helpline - Survivors for victims of social injustice - helps women in distress, especially victims of sexual and domestic violence.

"With the job, a very big hurdle in my life is crossed. Given my own experiences, I can very well relate with women who have been harassed sexually or physically," the rape victim said.

She said sharing her own experience with other victims was a therapeutic experience.

"By discussing our problems together, we are trying to break the stigma. When we fall out of favor with the society, it adds to our trauma. We are trying to address that problem with the helpline," said the 37-year-old.

The victim is now determined to venture into a new career - that of a woman activist.

Besides discussing the problems of the victims, she has also been helping in the preparation of a booklet on safety for women at night.

The booklet enlists safety measures that women should take while travelling at night and also guides them in dealing with the police and the legal system.

The woman was raped at gunpoint in a car last year, by five young men who picked her up from the Park Street area in Kolkata.

The police in its charge sheet named five persons, of which three are behind bars. Two others, including prime accused Kader Khan, are yet to be arrested.


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