Interview: In search of justice
“I was born in a family where I was wanted,” says Mitu Khurana, 34, paediatrician, activist and the first woman to file a case against her husband and his family under the pre-natal diagnostic techniques (PNDT) Act. Her life was perfect till the day she got married to an orthopaedic surgeon. “Even during my courtship with him, I missed the clear signs of a mama’s boy,” says Khurana.
From the day she stepped into her house, the taunts about insufficient dowry began. “I thought things will change eventually. And they did, but only for the worse,” she says. When she discovered that she was carrying twins, her in-laws sedated her to get a sexdetermination test. When they realised that the twins were both girls, she was asked to abort or at least get one child aborted in-utero. She filed her first case during pregnancy.
But she also tried her best to save her marriage for the sake of her daughters. “On April 10, 2008, he threw me out of the house in the middle of the night,” says Khurana. After that it was a long struggle of filing RTIs, writing letters to the Prime Minister and President and approaching the courts. As she continues to fight the cases against her ex-husband for her daughters’ lives as well as her own, she doesn’t want to give up. “Even if I can inspire one woman to fight for herself, I would be a proud woman,” she says.