Survivor of Domestic Violence Rescued

A survivor of domestic violence was rescued from Nayabazar, Pokhara on 17th of May, Monday around 6.30 PM in the evening. She had bruises all over her body, swollen left leg and hands and could not walk. According to her it’s not new to her. With the tears rolling down her eyes she said, “This is not new to me. I was stabbed with the knife in the previous lockdown and had to operate.” She showed the mark of stabbing in her stomach as an evidence as she thought we would not believe it. Rama (name changed) was found in the street by the journalist based on Pokhara and had called KOPILA Nepal. KOPILA Nepal immediately went to rescue her and helped her report the case in District Police Office, Kaski. Rama is 27 years old and have 3 children. She does not know where her husband lives but attacks her wherever he finds her. She said, “My husband does not live with be but attacks me wherever he finds me. This time when he attacked me with the stick I was sleeping. He attacked me on my hand, leg and the left part of the body. So I could not even defend. I have 3 children but he does not let me see them.” She used to earn her living through the daily wages. As now, due to the lock down she could not find the work and pay the rent of her room. The land lord then locked her room. So she was sleeping in the street for 7 days after this incident happened empty stomach. She opened up with the KOPILA team, “I even wanted to suicide and I still want to do as I don’t find any reason to live. I don’t have family. My husband is so abusive. I don’t feel safe any where.” After the procedure in District Police Office, KOPILA Nepal took her to One Stop Crisis Management Centre (OCMC), government initiatives for the victims of violence in Gandaki Hospital. After the treatment, she was taken to KOPILA Nepal’s Safe Home at 11 PM at night. She is under medication and resting while police is helping to search her husband. The survey by Nepal in previous lock down showed the increased in the number of cases of domestic violence during the lockdown. It is difficult in this situation for the victims when the movements are restricted and have no choice but to live with the offender 24 hours. If you are the one facing it be brave enough to seek for help. KOPILA Nepal is here. And to everyone who sees any of those cases around, we would request you to help the person in need to reach the stake holder.

Survivor of Domestic Violence Rescued