My mother thought it was my fault and that I did something, but the truth is that I didn’t. To protect myself, I’d just said that I’ll run away and tell the police – and if need be I would have followed through with it.
A few months ago, my Mama called my mother and said that he wanted me to marry a divorced man with 2 children. I got so angry when my mother even mentioned this. I said, ‘How can I mother two children, when I’m a child myself. Why don’t you understand that If I study and earn for myself, I won’t need to rely on anyone to survive?’ She said that this is all new age thinking, but ever since then she hasn’t brought up marriage. I won’t stop – I have a dream and I will become an IPS officer and prove to her that a girl doesn’t need a man to lift her up… in fact she’s so strong that she alone, can uplift others.”