When Nisha married her husband as a young woman, she was looking forward to a promising future. She was working for her local government’s health department whilst at the same time completing studies in the medical field. However, just days in to her marriage she discovered that her husband had epilepsy and was alcohol dependent.
Nisha was committed to her husband and dedicated herself to helping him recover. Despite her best efforts, over the years her husband’s epilepsy worsened, as did his addiction to alcohol. The couple had two children together yet he would spend most of the family’s income on alcohol and also started to become violent towards Nisha. With two children to look after as well as her husband, Nisha was unable to continue her employment with the local government or her studies.
As their situation worsened, Nisha and her family were stigmatised by their local community and became isolated. They had no money and Nisha became increasingly worried for her children’s future. At her lowest point she contemplated suicide but somehow found the strength to continue.