(Code name 194, age 24) (To protect the identity of the victim HAWCA uses code name instead of the original names)

It is about four years that I got married. Neither I nor my family knew my husband, he was introduced to us by our neighbor. He came to us and asked my family for my marriage.

During the period of my engagement I came to know that he is not a good person, so I asked my family to terminate my engagement. Unfortunately, my family is very traditional and they rejected my request saying that the cancellation of engagement will bring dishonor to the family.

My family force me to marry him. After marriage he started beating me for no reason. At the first I tried several times to solved my problem through tribal council but it did not give any positive result.

I was really tired of my life, one night when I was not in a good condition and I was not able to tolerate any more beating, I decided to go to police and complain against my husband so that he could be arrested and punished for his crimes.


Her case was registered in the HAWCA registration book and the necessary information was given to her by HAWCA defense lawyer. A case was open in the court and a plaint was issued against her husband. At the end of the court proceeding the judge passed a decree giving divorce order and imprisoning the husband for 6 months

The client was very happy from HAWCA’s support and she stated that because of HAWCA now she has a chance to start a new life.