“My husband is special. Ever since he was born, he could not walk or talk properly. Sometimes, he can be very childish too. I am not sure how long we have been married, but I’m sure it has been no less than 15 years.
My greedy step-mother married me off to him. My in-laws were quite rich in the village and my mother sent me away to them as a bride. On the very first night of our wedding, my husband panicked to see a new person with him. Such chaos followed that night! All his family members had to tie him up with a rope to stop his madness. I passed out in fear as I saw all these. That was our first encounter. I ran a high fever the next few days because. While I was lying down with a burning fever, I felt an inexpert hand caressing my forehead with a wet cloth and nursing me. I thanked Allah at that moment. I thanked God because I was well treated by a physically challenged man who was more humane than all the other able people in the world around me.
I have been deceived many times in life. After my father-in-law’s death, my brother and sister-in-laws took away all the property for themselves. I took my husband with me and came to this city. I have been working here ever since. I only worry about him. I wonder what he is doing at home and how he is. Now he has understood our flow of life in the city. That is why he does not bother me as much anymore. We do not have any children. However, it still does not affect me anymore. Not everyone is destined to have everything in life.”
– Employee at a garment factory