By Ritu Jha
— SAN RAMON, Calif.
eople from the San
Francisco Bay Area
joined the “Walk
Violence” organized by
Narika, a nonprofit that
provides services to immigrant
abuse victims on Aug. 26 in San
It was Narika’s first such event
in Contra Costa County,
California, which has recently
seen a rise in its South Asian population.
“It is really important for us to
reach out to the community and
increase awareness since the
issue seems to exist here,” the
group’s president, Anitha
Chakravarthi told India Abroad.
She said she tried to make it a
fun event, where they could talk
about the organization, get peo-
ple involved and raise awareness
about domestic violence in the
south Asian community.
San Ramon Mayor Bill
Clarkson, guest of honor, offered
his support and promised to partner with Narika.
Chakravarthi said so far this
year the organization has
received more than 873 new
calls, 30 to 40 percent of them
from Contra County’s tri-valley
In 2016, Narika answered more
than 1,200 calls from across the
Chakravarthi, a lawyer
employed by eBay, said most of
the calls are coming from people
in their early 20s; others are from
“Seniors are facing family violence,” she said, describing how
the community is bringing in
more elders to the community.
“We see the family dynamic
changing,” she said.
Also present was Pakistan-
born Faraz Sattar, a board mem-
ber who joined Narika this year.
He said he wanted to make
sure that the South Asian victims
Narika supports no longer need
to worry about being victims
Sattar, who has three daughters, said, “I want to make sure
when they grow up they never
[face] have that kind of abuse in
their lives.” He said he was
bewildered that so many women
were being ill-treated.
“We have always been talking
about women and that women
need to step up and not take this
abuse,” he said. “But we never
say you men you should never
abuse women. It doesn’t make
you a bigger man to raise a hand
to abuse a woman.” Sattar asked
why mothers or sisters rarely
step up to protect the wife in the
family. “We men need to stand
up and [raise our] voices against
this,” he said.
in San Francisco
Left, Anitha Chakravarthi, president of
Narika, left, and Faraz Sattar, far right,
with Narika members at Walk Against
Domestic Violence, held at
Amphitheater Central Park in San
Ramon, Aug. 26. Below, Narika
supporters at the walk.
$50,000 Raised for St. Louis
Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Center of St. Louis, MO, celebrated its 27th anniversary Aug. 12 with live entertainment and a
fundraising dinner attended by over 200 members of the community. About $51,000 in donation was raised for the
maintenance and upkeep of the center.
Rally to Support Rohingya
Muslims in Myanmar
Members of the New York Youth Society at a demonstration rally in Jackson Heights,
Queens, Sept. 3, to support the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar who are fleeing to
neighboring Bangladesh to escape the violence committed against them.
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