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Breaking the Chains: Survivors of Domestic Abuse in the Indian Community

The words below are dedicated to every human being who broke the chains that bound them.


In the bustling world of the Indian community, behind the vibrant colors and joyful celebrations, there exists a silent struggle that often goes unnoticed—domestic abuse.


Within this community, forced arranged marriages, societal alienation, emotional and physical abuse, and the exorbitant cost of standing up for oneself create a formidable barrier for women seeking liberation. However, we must recognize the reasons and value of standing up against abuse and collectively strive to create a supportive environment where these women can escape their abusive relationships.


In many parts of India, arranged marriages are deeply rooted in tradition, often leaving women with little or no say in choosing their life partners. Forced arranged marriages strip away their autonomy and increase their dependence on their husbands, creating an abusive environment. This practice can deepen the vulnerability of women, making them more susceptible to domestic abuse.


One of the most significant barriers women face seeking to escape abusive relationships in the Indian community is the fear of societal alienation. The fear of being isolated and shamed prevents many victims from coming forward or seeking help, perpetuating a cycle of abuse. Divorce is often stigmatized, with women bearing the brunt of judgment, blame, and ostracism. This one is very close to my heart for me. I have been there, I am still there, but I am getting closer to the surface. I dream of the day I can take a free breath.


The abuse has a multifaceted nature; emotional and physical abuse, often intertwined, wreaks havoc on survivors' mental and physical well-being. The scars of emotional abuse can be just as deep and lasting as physical ones. Manipulation, gaslighting, and isolation are common tactics used by abusers to control and dominate their partners, leaving them feeling helpless and trapped.


The decision to stand up against abuse comes at a high cost for survivors. Financial dependence, the welfare of children, potential legal battles, and the loss of social support systems are just a few of the challenges women face in seeking to break free from abusive relationships. These burdens often deter victims from taking action, making it essential for us to rally together as a community and support their journey toward independence.


Despite the daunting obstacles, standing up against domestic abuse holds ample reasons, value, and necessity. By taking a stand, survivors reclaim their dignity, restore their self-worth, and pave the way for a better future for themselves and their children.


By breaking free from the cycle of abuse, they become beacons of hope, inspiring others to recognize their worth and escape from toxic relationships.


We can offer empathy, education, and awareness as part of our efforts to help women escape abusive relationships. Educating individuals about consent, gender equality, and healthy relationships from an early age is crucial in breaking the cycle of abuse.

We must foster a safe and supportive environment where victims can seek solace without judgment.


Domestic abuse is pervasive within the Indian community, whether in India or abroad. We can empower the survivors to speak up by giving them a safe space that fosters understanding, compassion, and collective action.


Let's dismantle the societal barriers perpetuating abuse.

Let's create a future where every woman(our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, colleagues, and strangers) is valued, respected, and protected.

Let us stand united, break the silence, and build a community where love, compassion, and equality thrive.



Luv

Saj

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