BY RHITU CHATTERJEE
Saroj grew up in India’s capital city, New Delhi. Her parents married her off at 16.
“I came here after I got married,” she says.
This is her husband’s village. The marriage gave her two daughters and two thick scars, 6 inches long, on the inside of her left arm. The scars are from a time when Saroj’s husband hit her with a wooden stick. She says her husband loved her but would beat her whenever he got drunk.
Saroj tried to get help by telling relatives and neighbors.
“If I told someone, they’d say, ‘After all, it’s your husband beating you, not some random man.’ ”
This is a particularly patriarchal part of India. Domestic violence is common here.