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Ram Piyari: a resident of Mohatra village near Atarra, UP. Traditionally married off, she stayed back in the village with her in laws while her husband worked in Noida, Delhi. in the traditional rural families like hers, it is customary for the daughter in law to work hard to please all the members of the family, - a task she dutifully performed, though she would feel very exhausted after each day's chores. Things took a turn for the worse, as her father in law took a fancy for her and kept forcing her to give in to his advances. Whenever she would protest, she would be brutally beaten up by her in laws. Being an illiterate she could not summon the courage to go to her husband to run away from this misery. And to her utter dismay, when her husband came home he was told by her in laws that she is a loose woman. Finally, when she could take it no more, she ran away to the Gulabi Gang office in Atarra and sought their help. Sampat Pal Devi, the commander of Gulabi Gang first talked to her in laws, and asked them to separate their son's household from theirs and let live the young couples peacefully. She threatened them with dire consequences (Gulabi Gang is famed for compelling the police to act on the complaints from the abused women and if that does not work, hundreds of women armed with bamboo batons simply walk in and beat up the perpetrators), if they did not do that. Today, Ram Piyari lives with respect - free from the threats of domestic violence - with her husband; though her in laws continue to live with them.  Uttar Padesh, India. Arindam Mukherjee
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Ram Piyari: a resident of Mohatra village near Atarra, UP. Traditionally married off, she stayed back in the village with her in laws while her husband worked in Noida, Delhi. in the traditional rural families like hers, it is customary for the daughter in law to work hard to please all the members of the family, - a task she dutifully performed, though she would feel very exhausted after each day's chores. Things took a turn for the worse, as her father in law took a fancy for her and kept...
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