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of the Woman of the Elements Trust, like most other steps of my life, is on a
road less travelled…
August 2012 saw the registration of the Trust, and a few months later, with 20,000 in the Trust account, and great and humbling faith reposed, the Woman of the Elements Trust started its first project. I was not a lawyer – and I was taking on great responsibility and I had great apprehension… We had no office – our first meeting was held at the Rajasthan Stall at DilliHaat. One laptop lent by my son and one by a friend came to the Trust as an added blessing at start-up stage.
The Superintendant of Tihar Jail no.2 had 100 file covers made for the Trust. I spent a day with them all at jail 2 in Tihar - and it was a soul-stirring experience. That day taught me about human nature - about how quick we are to sit on judgment about wrong and right - and how badly our souls yearn to be free.
We started our journey with about 20 files - women who needed legal help… women who earned below Rs 5,000 a month… women along with their children who had been left destitute and abandoned, who had been battered and abused and had no recourse to law….
We’ve come a long way. The Trust’s little chamber at Saket District Court is today a source of great succor and support for many.
grateful, for the support and constant guidance given to us by so many - the Trust has been carried by so many who have reposed faith in
it by way of contributions, encouragement and belief. I am deeply grateful to
each one who has believed...
Services of the Woman of the Elements Trust:
TheWoman of the Elements Trust fights cases for free across 3 courts for women and child victims of domestic abusewho are below the earning capacity of Rs 5,000. We focus on free counseling, legal and emotional, for women across all earning capacities.
The Trust co-ordinates with All-India Women’s Conference to rehabilitate women and teach skills to make them financially self-sufficient.
I would like to mention that in spite of running a free legal aid cell for women and children, we at the Trust believe that the best option is to change mindsets so that these problems do not come up at all, so that each child can have a balanced home life with both parents and a happy environment.
In fact, we first look at keeping the home intact through counseling, andwe work atamicable settlement of issues if there are no chances for the marriage to work. We fight legalbattles only as a last resort.
I always say that fighting through law is actually like trying to put a band-aid on a huge gaping wound - what needs to change is mindsets.
I work with that through my books, through talks/lectures in schools, colleges and universities, on decency, dignity, decorum, respect and love, and we try and work at the trust keeping these core values in mind.
One of the long term objectives of the Trust is to work in the field of education - for all answers to the problems in our society can only be resolved through education. Another objective is also to set up shelter homes for abandoned and abused women along with their children.
“Is duniya mein kitna gum hai Mera gum kitna kum hai…”
WOMAN OF THE ELEMENTS TRUST
Account No: 01170110028902
UCO Bank, IFSC Code: UCBA0000117*
Ø All donations are eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961.
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