Faraha was married off to her cousin at the young age of 14 and forced to move from Dhaka to her husband’s village. She led a peaceful life there until the birth of her daughter, Tasmia. After Tasmia was born, Faraha’s husband stopped going to work regularly and became abusive, often hitting her for no reason. She tolerated it for a long time, but it only got worse. When Tasmia was two years old, Faraha couldn’t take it anymore. She left her husband and moved to Dhaka to live with her parents.
She joined a garment factory to support herself and her family. Her husband soon came back into her life. He moved to Dhaka and started working as a driver. However, Tasmia needed to be cared for while both her parents worked.
Faraha’s husband quickly returned to his abusive ways. She later found out that he had married another woman back in his village and they eventually got divorced. However, he forcibly took Tasmia away and placed her in the care of his mother. In 2019, when the grandmother died, Tasmia’s stepmother became quite abusive towards her. Faraha’s parents then forced her ex-husband to send Tasmia back to her mother. Once she returned, Tasmia was enrolled in Nagorik Uddyog’s Alor Mela (drop-in centre) and started to receive an education as well as healthcare.
Faraha is thankful to Nagorik Uddyog for the opportunity it is providing her daughter and other children in similar situations.
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