Domestic Violence/Abuse

"What kind of a mother are you," screamed a lady, "who can't even take care of a baby...sleeping all the time...kaamchor (lazy asshole)...keeping a babysitter, cook and maid...you can't even handle household chores or a husband, not to even speak of mothering a baby."

"Look, I will pay for your medication as and when I can, or else find a job to help support yourself", said a man. "I have to spend money on bills, my parents' treatments, as well as my personal expenses."

"You need to adhere strictly to your medication, Jyoti", warned a family doctor. "The way you are taking it, neither on time, nor everyday, can put you at risk. Please give your health the top priority – or else you will succumb to the virus and go into a second line which will then be more expensive than the present one you are taking now."

All these voices rang in my ears...screaming mother-in-law, irresponsible husband and concerned doctor. I was putting my life at risk. If there was something I had to do, then it was only I who could get things done - instead of depending on others, irrespective of the consequences or the result.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Wanda Brendle-Moss's picture

Well done my Sister Mumbaiyya Gal!
All women living with HIV AIDS are at increased risk of intimate partner violence.

But as I understand it from my many Sister Activists in Africa...you all are at even higher risk...as women are believed to be "less than"

The very fact you step up and are a powerful activist, many here in US don't realize the risks you are taking.

I salute and embrace you from 1000 miles away!

Thank you for your sharing, your bravery, your never giving up!

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Thanks Wenda :*

MumbaiyyaGal's picture

Thank you, Wenda for writing in. And thank you so much for your encouraging words. Means a lot to me, which further motivates me to do more!!

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