232 young women rebuilding shattered lives in Rangpur

232 young women rebuilding shattered lives in Rangpur

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A total of 232 violence-victim rehabilitated young women have been rebuilding shattered lives after falling prey to child marriage, dowry, abuse, violence, repression and trafficking at premature ages.These young females have been continuing new journey through income generation activities now to attain self-reliance and dignity for restructuring their lives overcoming the terrific traumas they suffered at their early ages.Head of Programme (Coordination) of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha made all these things possible through hard endeavors with her colleague of the Women Rights Unit at the Rehabilitation Center “Alokita Bhuban” of the NGO since 2009.The NGO rehabilitated these repressed females through providing treatments, legal aid, counsel, education and vocational training on various trades and providing necessary inputs paving way to achieve self-reliance through income-generation activities.Talking to BSS, Monjusree said all these rehabilitated victims have been hailing from the economically backward and extremely poor families of different rural areas in all eight districts under Rangpur division.Earlier, all these victims were divorced or driven away by husbands after inhuman torture for dowry, abused or victims of domestic violence, repression and abduction, gang rape, tortured for polygamy of husbands, unmarried mothers and widows or trafficked.Losing all hopes in life, many of them lost mental balance, others were attacked with serious diseases and tried to commit suicide to get rid of agony in life as the whole society became a dreadful place for them, Monjusree said.“I, along with my colleagues, went through the case study of every victim girl first and identified illiteracy, extreme poverty, early marriage and lack of awareness among their guardians as the main reasons behind their tragic stories,” she added.“It was not so easy to get them recovered from the unbearable traumas they suffered in premature ages before becoming able to understand about life,” Manjushree said adding that more such 20 more victims are still undergoing the rehabilitation process.Talking to BSS, rehabilitated Nazia, Khadija, Laboni and Armina said they were physically immature having no knowledge about conjugal or sexual life, but witnessed horrifying episodes amid merciless tortures by husbands and inmates in their families.Victims Torulota, Kajoli, Akhteri, Mahmuda, Swapna, Ruma, Shukho Rani said many of them could not even record cases with the police stations. Even after filing cases, some of them had to stay in safe custody of police.Victims Mahfuza, Nahar, Pratima, Sultana, Hafiza, Lipi and Nazia said they are now earning well through income generations activities at homes, their parents are much aware now and they are leading new life with dignity in their families and society.The rehabilitated young women thanked Monjusree for providing legal aid, counseling, training, sewing machines and frames, catalogues, scissors, scales, threads and beauty parlor inputs to help them in establishing as small entrepreneurs.
The women, mostly aged between 14 and 19 years, also thanked RDRS Bangladesh and expressed firm determination to root out all these social curses and superstitions so that no more adolescents would suffer similar tragedies in future. -BSS, Rangpur

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