Fourteen-year-old V Priyadarshini used to dread the approaching evening. That's when her father would invariably arrive home drunk, beat up her mother, hurl abuses and lock them out of the house for the night.
Such episodes still happen but the girl from Thennamadevi village in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district sees hope now. There's a chance that her father may get rehabilitated, thanks to self-help groups for de-addiction, formed by Scope India, a Cuddalore-based NGO.
The youngster is one of Vellore a bunch of 50 girls, aged between 10 and 18, who are spearheading change in a district infamous for caste crimes and child trafficking.
Focusing on safeguarding the kids, the NGO started activity centres a year ago, forming four clubs - two for boys from Scheduled Castes and Most Backward Classes, and two for SC and MBC girls respectively.
Read more of this in a report by Saranya Chakrapani published in The Times of India...