Sakhi Groups in making- Mrs. Yadav
One can often learn a lot of lessons in their life lessons that are beyond the books. These are the kind of lessons and experiences that matter! Our today’s feature- Mrs. Yadav does precisely this. She values such lessons and imparts them to the people she knows. How? Let’s find out!
Mrs. Yadav is the wife is a retired Army man and thus, she has always been ‘on the move’ with her house changing quite often due to her husband’s transfers. She was lucky enough to get married not a very tender age, but rather at the age of 26 when she fully well understood the concept of marriage.
We all know how underage marriages are quite common in our country and even in the twenty-first century, the rural and semi-urban areas are still infected with this problem. She decided to do something about it when she was living in Banka (a village in Bihar) and started her own group consisting of ladies and mobilized them to understand their rights as a woman. She did this everywhere she went- Bihar, Gujarat, Manipur and now in Delhi. And even now, at the age of 62, she still is never tired speaking about the importance of women rights and how it is the women who form the future of this nation.
One of the ladies of her ‘Sakhi Group’ says:
“If it wasn’t for Yadav Aunty, I wouldn’t have been so confident today. People say once you get old, you start to lose your mind but she is one of the most strongly opinionated women I know. The way she spends her evening with various Sakhi groups sharing her experience and listening to theirs is amazing! Experience and age truly make you wiser!”
True, she hasn’t won a Nobel prize for her work, nor has she started an NGO. She does whatever she can do at her individual level, and if we all start doing our bit, the world is sure to become a better place!
When asked how she feels about the kind of response her Sakhi group gets, she says, “At one level, I’m happy that women and girls come and share their problems with me. But at the same time, it’s so alarming and upsetting to realize that almost three out of four girls are victims of some kind of patriarchal force/abuse in India.” Further, she said, “I am definitely not planning to ‘retire’ anytime soon! This isn’t even a formal job so to say. But whatever it is, I’m not giving up on it any soon!”