“It’s Not Just A Thappad” – Rennu’s Story – Chai With Sahelis: A Desi Dost Project

Issues Before Birth

Domestic Violence is not just about a slap says Rennu Dillon, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. She arrived as a new bride in the  US almost 30  years ago to discover she had married a bigamist.  Domestic violence ended her marriage but Rennu fought to survive, and won.

Rennu’s story, “It’s Not Just A Thappad”, is part of a unique storytelling project, where survivors from our community share deeply personal stories about their experience living with and surviving  domestic violence.

This audio project is the second 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.

Artwork: Issues before birth by Tanya Momi
Tumko dekha to by Himanshu Katara  on storyblocks.com

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)

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