Attempt to murder, Domestic Violence
Laxmi Lohoniya is a 19 years girl from Kapilvastu district who was married at a very young age. During her last stage in pregnancy her family started abusing her verbally, physically and mentally for not bringing enough dowries. Her husband (Ram Prakash Lohoniya) used to call her ugly girl in front of everyone and other members of the family hated her and conspired to harm her. One day her sister in law and her husband sprinkled kerosene and set her on fire. She was burning for 15 minutes but none of her family members did anything to save her until neighbours intervened and threatened to take action against them. Due to her poor financial condition and inadequate facilities in the local hospital she was referred to the Saathi Kapilvastu office for further treatment. She was then brought to Kathmandu Saathi shelter where she was provided with all the surgical, medical and nutritional support. She had to undergone surgery for two times including a plastic surgery.
Laxmi is now reintegrated to her maternal home after treatment. Saathi continuously lobbied with district authorities and police to provide citizenship certificate. She received citizenship certificate on 11 June, 2013 after local police of Kapilvastu helped her to acquire marriage certificate from her husband.
When she was at the Saathi shelter she was provided with non-formal education and tailoring training. She also participated in a “digital video story telling” (a participatory photography and media production process as survivors share their personal experiences with gender-based violence). Currently, she is planning to set up a tailoring shop with seed money received form Saathi.
Laxmi says that “The incident was a nightmare for me and I never imagined that I would live a normal life again. Whenever I look at the mirror the scars on my body reminds me of my past, nevertheless I have become a stronger person to move on with my life. My parents are a great support to help me move ahead in life.”