People would say she is a lovely child. Sadly, her parents differed in their thought. To them, she was just a living thing incapable of feelings and unworthy of respect. Her uneducated parents couldn’t comprehend the challenges (and joys) that come with taking care of a child with a deficit in intelligence. A typical patriarchal family, Swathi was taught that obeying the father was the ultimate criteria to be a ‘good daughter’. Even if this meant ignoring the inappropriate stances and touches of her father. Her ray of hope was her separation from her father, on being brought to Inchara Home for Children. There is no consolation in knowing that her mother is still of the opinion that the child should give in to the desires of her father, but there is consolation in knowing that here the needs of the child are catered to. She receives constant psycho-social and integrated assistance and most of all, the respect and dignity she never knew, but was always entitled to.
Inchara Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation is primarily focusing on girls (children & adolescents) who are victims of sexual abuse, helping them with rehabilitation process, trauma counselling and skill development activities for self dependency.