INDEPENDENT LIVING

There are a significant number of survivors who neither choose to get married nor want to be restored to their families. These girls are emotionally empowered to live on their own through either living in group homes or a working women‘s hostel. Many survivors have evolved the concept of collective housing in which two or three girls share a house on rent. In these homes the survivors cook together and develop their own rules and regulations for peaceful co-existence. If the survivor is not comfortable living alone even with two or three girls, collaborative tie-ups are made with government hostels for unmarried working women. If any survivor wants to stay in Hyderabad, the shelter team conducts a community safety assessment by inquiring about whether the community is suitable, where she can have a house, and requests the neighbors to take care of her. Many of the young adult survivors after gaining economic independence thus begin living independently in rented accommodation. Living in mainstream society is itself a mark of success as it is an indication of the survival instinct and self-confidence of the girls.