It happens every day in countries all over the world. Women, many of whom were forced into marriage by either cultural norms, religious beliefs, or overbearing parents, are used and abused by their husbands. Most of these women lack the impetus to fight back, though for a good deal of them, that is merely a constraint of the culture in which they live.
Married at Twelve
Sampat Pal Devi of Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India, was only 12 years old when she was forced to marry a man much older than herself. When she was sixteen, she noticed that her next door neighbor was routinely abusing his wife. She kept silent about it for months, until one day, something inside her snapped…