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Crime Patrol: Woman takes to Facebook to get back husband (Episode 221, 222, 223 on 15th, 16th, 17th March 2013)

Damini played by Aleeza Khan



The Inside Story

Abandoned Mumbai woman finds support on Facebook, Panchayat orders husband's family to accept her

A panchayat in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, has ordered the family of a woman's husband to accept her as their daughter-in-law or face a boycott after she turned to Facebook for support. Dimple Mishra, a 27-year-old from Mumbai, married Vipin Mishra in 2009, without the consent of his family. After their daughter was born, Vipin re-married another girl according to his family's wishes. Dimple turned to Facebook for help, and her story caught the attention of social activists, who supported her at a panchayat in Bhadohi.

Dimple and her daughter were received by supporters in Varanasi, and the local administration provided her with security as she reached her in-laws' home in Bhadohi. During a panchayat, Dimple presented photographs to prove the marriage and the couple's life together. In the absence of representation from Vipin's family, the panchayat ordered them to accept Dimple as his wife within a week or face social boycott. Dimple said, "This is a fight for my daughter's rights. I need to have answers to the questions she will ask me when she grows up."

Dimple had previously appealed to her in-laws and written to the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women, but to no avail. She turned to Facebook to build support and befriend journalists and bloggers to help her and her daughter. The police had also paid no attention to her complaint. She said, "Whoever I turned to for help wanted something in return." She hopes that the panchayat's decision will lead to a resolution of her situation.

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