One day Ananya’s mother refused to give money to her husband.
The counselors worked with Ananya to develop the skills to safely handle her father’s demands and threats of violence. As her father indicated a desire to overcome his addiction, counselors also worked with her father. However he soon relapsed, allegedly breaking his wife’s jaw when she refused to provide money.
Ananya’s mother still refused to lodge any complaints with the police. Even when Ananya and her sister reported one alleged assault and their father was taken into custody, Ananya’s mother insisted he be released. Throughout this time, Ananya continued to seek counseling support, however the weight of social conditioning kept her mother entangled in her own thinking. The seemingly illogical fear that society would blame her for not being the ideal wife was stronger than the fear of her husband’s violence.
Through her own counseling support, Ananya was eventually able to shift her mother’s focus from the husband to the drug addiction. With this shift, Ananya’s mother began to seek help from the police. Her mother came to see she was ‘fighting’ the addiction, not dishonoring her husband. Ananya’s father is still addicted to drugs, however the family see a glimmer of hope. As they continue to resist his demands to obtain drug money for him, he has tried to change - although he has also relapsed when drugs were given to him. Regardless, the women feel stronger, and no longer feel alone and powerless.
Support is continuing with follow-up care and education.