From Rape Survivor to Counsellor

landloverreview
By landloverreview

For 14 months after her ordeal in February last year, Kolkata's Park Street rape survivor struggled to find a job to support her ailing mother and two daughters.

She finally found hope in April this year, when a women's rights group roped her in to counsel and help others like her heal. The initiative, a helpline-cum-social network page, is meant for victims of social injustice, including rape.

"Since I have gone through this entire tragedy and I came out a survivor, I could actually connect with them on that level... It's a healing process, a two way street. I give, they give and we heal each other," said the 37-year-old rape survivor.

Survivor of Kolkata's Park Street rape shares her story
Women's rights activist Santasree Chaudhuri had tried to find the Park Street rape survivor a job. But when she failed, she decided to tailor make one for her.

"It was very unfair on the part of entire Kolkata not to offer a single job. I tried. I couldn't hide the identity because it was moral issue for me. So when I said this is the girl, they all said we will get back to you but till today I am waiting for that call," Ms Chaudhuri said.

The rape survivor's salary is Rs. 10,000 a month, not exactly princely, but enough to give her self-confidence and some frills.

"I took my kids out. I asked them what they wanted to eat. And they all decided on Chinese dinner and it felt amazing because I could take them out on my account and I could feed them and I was paying the bill, finally," said the single mother.

The best part of it all, she will be helping others like her, and she knows that's also the best way to help her as well.

Source - NDTV

By flexicode• 9 years 1 month ago.
flexicode

HGL and nomerci, Thanks :)

By Miss Mimi• 9 years 1 month ago.
Miss Mimi

Good for her. :)

By landloverreview• 9 years 1 month ago.
landloverreview

Thanks. U mates are very good in conclusions. :)

By nomerci• 9 years 1 month ago.
nomerci

Flexicode..perfect! :)

By FathimaH• 9 years 1 month ago.
FathimaH

An excellent initiative by the women's rights group indeed. It's pathetic that people would refuse work to a woman who survived rape..shameful really! Thumbs up for all those women, who despite such unjust stigmatization, still refuse to hide their identity. After all they are survivors of a heinous crime and not criminals!!

By snessy• 9 years 1 month ago.
snessy

Good for her! It's great to hear she's rebuilding her life.

By happygolucky• 9 years 1 month ago.
happygolucky

flexicode...good moral.

By britexpat• 9 years 1 month ago.
britexpat

Well done Chaudhuri. Shame on the Kolkatans :o(

Hope she recovers mentally and has a happy life.

By edifis• 9 years 1 month ago.
edifis

Good!

By Targus• 9 years 1 month ago.
Targus

Fine Fine!!.. enough with the moral...got the idea.

By flexicode• 9 years 1 month ago.
flexicode

I think the moral of the story is "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become".

By Janneeyy03• 9 years 1 month ago.
Janneeyy03

There's a rainbow always after the rain :)

By nomerci• 9 years 1 month ago.
nomerci

I'd say the moral of the story is : Unless you do something, nothing will happen.

And if YOU do...the most amazing things CAN happen :)

By .sun26872• 9 years 1 month ago.
.sun26872

Thumbs up ! Moral of the story 'Nothing lasts forever, not even bad times.'

By GreekGoddessDemeter• 9 years 1 month ago.
GreekGoddessDemeter

Wow.. I admire this woman. Big hug for her.

By cadyos• 9 years 1 month ago.
cadyos

may God bless her and her family!

By landloverreview• 9 years 1 month ago.
landloverreview

Yes. Hats off as she picked herself up especially in India it is not so easy..

By nomerci• 9 years 1 month ago.
nomerci

Good for her :)

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