Sujata was married to Prashant in April 2007 and were living in Koperkhairane. She was four years elder to Prashant and had a good education. She was working as a senior CRE in a 3G Spectrum Tower in Malad earning a salary of Rs 25,000/- per month. They also had a son born to them in 2009.
For some time her husband had not been able to find a suitable job and was, thus, getting home a lower salary than his wife. This, somehow, made him feel inferior and his frustration grew.
He did not know how to handle this, and started drinking and coming home late. At home, he started to abuse her emotionally and physically, sometimes until she started bleeding. He also use to threaten to kill her and her son.
One night, when her husband came home drunk and she could not take the abuse any longer, she fled her home with her son. She didn’t take anything with her, not even shoes. She spent the night on the street. The next morning she went to her parent’s house and told them the entire story. She begged them to give her and her son shelter. Her parents took her in, and lodged a police complaint the next day.
The police went with her to her old home to inquire about the matter. They knocked on the door, but it was latched from the inside. After knocking for a while, with no response, they broke down the door.
Everyone was horrified at the sight inside; her husband, Prashantvwas hanging from the fan.
She was totally shocked and after the police completed all the formalities, she was arrested under IPC 306 for the suicide of her husband.
She was produced before the Honourable Judge of Vashi Court on 10th Oct 2013 and was sent to Kalyan Prison for judicial custody.
In the third of week of October, the Sahaara staff met her for the first time. She opened up immediately and shared her entire story. She had lost all hope, and was extremely terrified.The Sahaara team counselled and guided her every time we met with her – which was twice a week. She also began attending our weekly moral education meetings. We contacted her advocate and relatives to help her in the legal procedures required to release her. In the meantime, she worked with other inmates – helping them in counselling and speaking hope into their lives!
She was released on the 7th of December 2013 and is clear about the life she has lead along with her son after she is released.
She and her parents are glad for this hope which they had got Through Sahaara and she is keen to pass this hope on to others she meets.