Saturday, 20 February 2016
After 35 yrs of darkness, Supreme Court ray of hope in sightless rape victim’s life
The woman at her home in Durg, Chhattisgarh.
It’s been 20 years now — she was a girl of 17 then — that a man, a friend of her brother’s and a constant visitor to their home, began to make advances on her, telling her he loved her, and wanted to marry her. She was reluctant — her sight had abandoned her when she was barely two years old — but he persisted. She gave in finally, but he broke his promise to her — and even though he admitted to their relationship before the village panchayat, he still refused to marry her.
Yet, as this 37-year-old somehow fires up the chulha at her home, the sparks inches away from her fingers, her neighbours express a fear that betrays just how deep her wounds are. “We just hope that when the government people come to tell her what to do, she doesn’t turn them away. You have to be patient with her. Bahut varshon ka gussa hai.”
Source : The Indian Express , 14th Feb 2016