Four years back, on November 24, 2010, one incident had changed her entire life. Every day, the 34-year-old gang rape survivor tries hard to forget the incident but she can’t keep the haunting memories from coming back.
Pretending as if nothing ever happened is the toughest part. Back in the Northeast, their neighbours and villagers know nothing about the gruesome incident.
“We have not told anyone about what happened to her when she was in Delhi. When she was going to the capital to work, many people had stopped me and asked me to dissuade her. But our financial condition was such that we did not have any other option,” the woman’s father told HT over the phone.
After separating from her husband, the onus of fending for her young son, aged parents and four siblings fell on the victim, forcing her to leave her young child back at home and move to an unknown, big city.
Friends from the community helped her find an accommodation in north Delhi in 2009. Soon after she got a job at a call centre in Gurgaon, she moved to a house in south Delhi near Dhaula Kuan.
“She had started warming up to the place. In fact she liked the open-mindedness of the people in that big city. She had made new friends and was planning to bring her son to Delhi,” said a relative.
But that one incident changed everything. She moved back home. But leaving everything behind wasn’t that easy.
The rape survivor’s father said that unknown people would call her incessantly, initially offering her money to withdraw the case. These calls would later turn into threats.
“Though we were tempted to withdraw the case, the activists and lawyers persuaded us to stick around not just for her sake but for the hundreds of migrant women who face abuse here every day,” the relative added.
Sources from the police said that she went back months after the case proceedings commenced.
Tuesday’s verdict may have relieved the woman and her family, but hundreds of women from the Northeast continue to wage a battle against abuse, molestation and violence every day.
“The verdict will definitely relieve the victim’s family, but we want more than just punishment for these five men. We want the city to be safe for women like us,” said Melody AS, an activist.
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