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Anjali Kour married a H1B visa holder. Then domestic violence destroyed her marriage. But loss of immigration status nearly cost Anjali her son. For years she fought the US family and immigration courts to win back custody. This is the story of that battle.

Anjali Kour’s story, “Don’t Take My Child From Me” is part of a unique storytelling project, where survivors from our desi community share deeply personal stories about their experience living with and surviving  domestic violence. We’re calling this story teller Anjali Kour, to protect her identity.

This audio project is the third of a three-part series for October’s Domestic Violence month, supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism in partnership with Desi Collective, Narika and India Currents.

This content is intended only for mature audiences. Listener discretion advised.
CW/TW: domestic violence, language, mental health, mental illness, depression, su*c*de, violent imagery, body image, anger, anxiety, abandonment

Chai With Sahelis
Episode 1: I’m A Warrior
Episode 2: It’s Not Just A Thappad
Episode 3: Don’t Take My Child From Me

This article was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact:
Narika : 1-800-215-7308
Maitri : 1-888-8624874
Raksha : 1-866-56-ABUSE
Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Meera Kymal

Meera Kymal is the Contributing Editor at India Currents and Founder/Producer at DesiCollective. At India Currents, she covers immigration policy and reform, civil rights, the pandemic, and climate...