Emotional Violence, Physical Violence, Sexual Violence
On 14th February 2014, CWIN's Helpline got a call from a teacher who complained that her student was brutally beaten by her aunt and that the girl had bruises and blue mark near her eyes. After hearing the complaint and with the help of the victim's principle, the CWIN counselor decided to meet the victim and further inquire about the victim's situation. The counselor met the victim and took detail information regarding the incident and her family background.
The victim Serina Gurung (Name Changed) had been staying at her father's sister place as her father passed away when she was very young while her mother ran away leaving her with her grandparents. Her grandparents are farmer by profession and her aunt decided to bring her to Kathmandu for her further education. Her aunt then admitted her to school but with school she was suppose to complete all the household work and if she did not complete then her aunt would hit her with anything she found.
Apart from the mental torture and the physical violence she was sexually abused by her uncle time and again. He gave her some pills so that she would not get pregnant. Her cousin sister knew what her father use to do but would not tell anyone about the incident. Whenever she asked money, the uncle would ask for sexual favors in return. The girl had no one to speak to and he would threaten her not to tell anyone. He would also force her to watch pornography movies when her aunt and her cousin sister were not around.
Serina could not even tell her grandparents as her aunt and uncle would always be present. She was not allowed to go with her mama during dashain festival too. Every day she faced some form of violence and trauma and was not able to share it with anyone. This affected her studies and her grade gradually started slipping. On 14th February 2014, the victim was thrashed badly by her aunt for breaking a utensil by mistake according to her class teacher. The teacher felt the girl needed help so she reported to CWIN.
The CWIN team immediately rescued the girl and provided her with counseling as well as legal support. At present, the girl has been rehabilitated with her family and the court has sentenced the perpetrator with 8 years of jail term.
(This story was present by CWIN. Names and Location has been changed to maintain the confidentiality.)